Liam Corcoran & Arsoniste – Saturday, April 28

Halifax based Arsoniste (pronounced “R Sun East”) is the stage name of Rachel Sunter, a piano-singer-songwriter, model, actress and music teacher.  Her style is synth-pop; she uses vocal effects, loops and layered keyboards to transform piano-based songs into rich orchestral pieces.

Liam Corcoran is the former front man of multi-award-winning PEI indie-rock band Two Hours Traffic.  He released his first full-length solo record, Nevahland last fall.  A blend of folk and indie pop, Nevahland weaves stories together that are connecting with audience all over the Maritimes.

Doors : 7:30 pm; Showtime: 8 pm

$20 donation requested at the door – all funds go directly to the artists

BYOB.  Snacks offered; shareable snacks welcome but not required.



Monique & George

First Ave. Bedford

902 434-8355


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Jessica Rhaye – Saturday, March 24

What a beautiful show…….






“Imagine wild camping, waking on a dewy morning, washing your face in a stream – that’s how this record makes you feel.” –

New Brunswick’s Jessica Rhaye brings her award winning record Song in Me (her fifth studio album) to Patchwork on Saturday, March 24.  A little country, a little folk, a little americana, Jessica Rhaye has songs that appeal to a wide audience with a voice that will wrap around you like a warm sweater.

Hopefully they appeal to you and we will see you at Patchwork on March 24.

Jessica Rhaye + BAND                                                                                                                       March 24 @ 8 pm                                                                                                                                $25 at the door (all funds to the artists)                                                                                           BYOB / snacks offered                                                                                                                              RSVP:

Best,                                                                                                                                                                         Monique & George                                                                                                                                Patchwork House Concerts                                                                                                                 First Ave., Bedford


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Erin Costelo – TWO shows – Carole King’s Tapestry and other songs








Well this is a testament to the talents of our next performer.  Erin Costelo is, without a doubt, one of the gems of the Halifax music scene and she will perform Carole King’s Tapestry and other songs (twice) at Patchwork on Saturday, February 3 and again on Sunday, February 4.  Initially the plan was to have one show but the response has been, frankly, overwhelming.  BOTH SHOWS ARE NOW TOTALLY BOOKED.

Producer, songwriter, arranger – with a voice like no other, Erin Costelo will bring to life songs from one of her heroes plus songs from her own catalogue, including (hopefully) a few from her current project (which you can read about on her website):

Saturday, February 3 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $30 per person.

Sunday, February 4 @ 2 pm.  Doors 1:30 pm.  $30 per person.

As is the case with every show at Patchwork, all funds collected go directly to the artist.  You many wish to bring a little extra $$ for a cd or other merchandise.  Events are BYOB.  Non-Alcoholic beverages and snacks will be offered.  Shareable snacks are welcome but not required.

RSVP to with preferred date and number of attendees.  Our Saturday show is close to full.


Monique & George                                                                                                                               Patchwork House Concerts                                                                                                                First Ave. Bedford                                                                                                                                 @PatchworkHConc                                                                                                                   

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Christine Campbell & Blake Johnston – January 13











Happy New Year!  I hope everyone found a little peace and joy and rest over the Christmas holiday season.

We at Patchwork House Concerts are gearing up for another year of great music and we start with someone whose music and energy will totally warm up the house.  Christine Campbell is a power house on any stage and we are delighted to have her back for a third time, and her second appearance with Blake Johnston.

Christine released her new solo album Roller Coaster in March of last year.  It is a stellar album that demonstrates her diverse musical influences – from 70s rock to roots and blues.  From classical piano to impressive guitar solos to full band rock and roll shows, Christine appeals to a wide audience. Check out her website for a few sneak peak videos:

Christine will perform songs from Roller Coaster as well as a few older tracks and likely a couple of bonus covers of rock classics.

Saturday, January 13 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person.

Note: As is the case with every show at Patchwork, all funds collected go directly to the artists.  You many want to bring a little extra for a copy of a cd or other merchandise.  Events are BYOB.  Non-Alcoholic beverages and snacks will be offered.  Shareable snacks are welcome but not required.


Monique & George

First Ave. Bedford

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Ian Sherwood Brings the Light on December 2nd

Beautiful show with Ian Sherwood











If you have attended a show at Patchwork you know that I always say a few words of introduction.  For our last show of 2017, I decided to say many words…….


‘Twas mere weeks before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

Our listeners were settled in old Zellers chairs,

In hopes that Ian Sherwood soon would be there.

For our returning audience there was no shock,

For they know that the host likes to hear herself talk! 

With rules of the house and the program all mapped,

And tips for the bathroom where one may become trapped.

House rules are simple: please make yourself at home,

When the artist is singing, no talking on your phone.

The infamous loo is up one flight of stairs,

Another off the kitchen makes it a pair.

Two sets there shall be, with a break of fifteen,

To mingle and nibble and top up your canteen,

And to check out the merch: buy a cd or two.

Heck, with 12 days of Christmas you know what to do!

CDs are small and square, so easy to wrap,

Then on December 24th, you can just take a nap.

No naps here this year, 9 shows we did hold,

Including two in the summer; we were so bold.

Since 2008 we welcomed chaos galore,

Ian’s show tonight makes number 84.

Gabrielle, Laurenn, Dave, and Jont with his band:

Everyone was dancing and the place? She still stands!

Singing She Ain’t Pretty with Kane & Potvin

To Andrea and Kate showing us their Superpowers.

Poltz’s song about socks, and Jeffery’s show when lights did fly,

To the big sweet voices of Dominique and Skye.

We close the year with another Patchwork friend,

Whose new cd is excellent, beginning to end.

And there may just be a few seasonal tunes:

It’s December 2nd folks, hardly too soon.

And then, in a twinkling, the show it will end…..

But don’t rush off, out the door we’ll not send.

For as our guests depart, a wee sadness draws in,

See, the absence of music creates its own din.

We clean up the snacks, if plates are not cleaned fine,

And entertain ourselves trying the leftover wine.

Chairs to the basement, a stage to knock down.

Seeking help from the kids – often met with a frown.

But the effort is worth it for each and every show,

That’s why after 10 years we are still ready to go.

Our January show brings Christine Campbell and Blake,

Then Carole King’s Tapestry, Erin Costelo will make.

Our March show is still much up in the air,

So if you have some ideas, please do share.

Now a wink of my eye and a twist of my head,

Alerts me that you folks want some music instead.

So I will leave you to Ian and finally start this show,

I hope any seasonal song does not bring out the snow.

Join my mailing list, for news of each upcoming act,

I never send poetry – and that’s a fact!

From the Patchwork family, in this season of light

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”




The signs are out there……bags of leaves, the odd flurry, driving home from work in the dark, Parade of Lights upon us…..yep we are fast approaching the Christmas season.  Here’s a little something to ease the transition: Ian Sherwood will Bring the Light (and some Comfort & Joy) to Patchwork on Saturday, December 2nd.

Bring the Light is Ian’s much anticipated fifth studio album.  Released in September, he has been touring this solid record through the Maritimes and Ontario.  Produced by multi-award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell, the album is filled with the same hooky cleverness that has always endeared Sherwood to his audiences. This time, the capable work of Ledwell’s production brings Sherwood’s songs a new dimension of beauty and depth.  Check out the new single, “Firefly”:

Bring the Light delivers contemporary, acoustic, folk and pop sounds with a few bits of jazz thrown in for good measure.  Each of the 12 tracks is solid and the wide variety of sounds makes the record accessible to anyone with an ear for good music.
Guitar, saxophone, prolific songwriting and a voice that won him a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year, Sherwood brings the light to every stage he stands on.  He was named Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was honoured with the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year Award.

Ian also produces for other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He most recently won a 2017 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Original Score for the play “Tompkinsville” by Lindsay Kyte.  He also completed the music score for two films that were featured at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax, including “Pearls”, written and directed by Shelley Thompson and “You Ruined Our Life”, written directed by Iain McLeod.

Ian will be performing songs from Bring the Light as well as few jazzed up Christmas songs.  Comfort & Joy indeed!

Saturday, December 2 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person (all funds to the artist).  BYOB.  Snacks offered. (Are you part of a small office or group in need of a Christmas outing?  This could be it!)

We’ll endeavour to have a tree up to get us all in the spirit…..

Please follow and share on facebook and twitter                                                                                   @PatchworkHConc

Monique & George
Patchwork House Concerts
30 First Ave.

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Nov 11 show features Skye Wallace & Dominique Fricot


On Saturday, November 11 we welcome a co-bill that promises to present a rich and entertaining tapestry of music to our living room.

Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth. Her sound is exciting, dynamic, gritty, and beautiful. A truly powerful performer, this girl is known for a charged live show that is bound to stick with you.  Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace bases out of Toronto, Ontario.

Dominique Fricot is the voice that could melt your heart, send chills down your back, and give you strange pangs of missing 80’s fashion, style, and music.  Hailing from Salmon Arm, B.C.,  Fricot’s lively presence and artistry have a magnetic property that draws in anyone with an appreciation for quality music.  And he never fails to provide a song for every mood, at every stage of life.  Whether you’re lying on the floor unable to move from a shattered heart, mustering courage to start to slowly build a new life in unfamiliar territory, feeling the anxiety and terror of growing old, or warming your heart with fond (if not awkward) memories of youth, Dominique will meet you there.

Show time is 8 pm on Saturday, November 11.  Tickets $20 at the door.  Please RSVP to to guarantee your seat.

BYOB.  Snacks offered (and shareable snacks accepted with thanks).

Monique & George                                                                                                                               30 First Ave., Bedford                                                                                                @PatchworkHConc                                                   



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Jeffery Straker – September 16

“This great work isn’t just for fans of singer/songwriters in a ’70s vein, it belongs on the shelf beside the finer recordings of Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Elton John” (Album: Dirt Road Confessional)
– Mark Rheaume – CBC Radio (April, 2017)





Jeffery Straker is a Patchwork favourite and someone Nova Scotians need to hear.  Singer-songwriter-pianist-balladeer, he has been compared to a young Billy Joel or Elton John with shades of Rufus Wainwright thrown in.  A most entertaining live performer, he will be at Patchwork promoting his latest release “Dirt Road Confessional” produced (in part) by Daniel Ledwell and with a couple of songs co-written by Royal Wood.

Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father.  In 2014, he was thrown into the Latin America spotlight when he won the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition representing Canada in front of a festival crowd of 20,000 and a TV audience of 100 million viewers.

See him live at Patchwork Saturday, September 16 @ 8 pm.  Doors 7:30 pm.  $20 per person (all funds to the artist).  BYOB.  Snacks offered.

RSVP to                                                                                                                                                              @PatchworkHConc

Best,                                                                                                                                           Monique & George                                                                                                             Patchwork House Concerts                                                                                                                 First Ave., Bedford


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