A vet­eran help­ing vet­er­ans

Pa­trick Mur­ray is a folk singer now, but his years of mil­i­tary ser­vice in­form ev­ery­thing he does.


Pa­trick Mur­ray Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, 8pm Co­dapop Stu­dios, 6880 Quin­pool Road by dona­tion

The folk singer Pa­trick Mur­ray served in the navy and the air force first. “I flew on Sea Kings for a lit­tle bit and also was in the navy, ba­si­cally hunt­ing subs was my job,” he says. “Sub­ma­rine war­fare is the tech­ni­cal term.”

He was med­i­cally re­leased a few years ago and has fo­cused on mu­sic since, but Fri­day’s show at Co­dapop shows his roots: It’s a fundraiser for three vet­er­ans char­i­ties: Vets Canada, NFP Paws Fur Thought (which matches ser­vice dogs with vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders af­flicted with PTSD) and Rally Point Re­treat (a south shore house on 320 acres, of­fer­ing respite dur­ing re­cov­ery from trauma).

“I think sup­port­ing these pro­grams is so im­por­tant,” says Mur­ray from Riverview, New Brunswick, where he’s a reg­u­lar on the Monc­ton scene. “But I’m ner­vous to put on some­thing like this. I’ve been en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ner­vous ever since I started mu­sic. You’re scared of putting your­self out there, re­ly­ing on faith re­ally. It’s dif­fer­ent than the mil­i­tary, which is ‘Show up at this time, I need you to take these guys and do this job.’”

Mur­ray’s been work­ing on mak­ing mu­sic his full-time job, in­clud­ing a big step for­ward with 2017’s New Be­gin­nings, pro­duced by JP Cormier.

“I tend to be a per­son who hits a lit­tle bit above my belt,” he says of his de­ci­sion to reach out to a very es­tab­lished artist to pro­duce his de­but LP. “I’m very self-mo­ti­vated. I ap­proached JP and I was at my friend’s place in Texas—an­other vet­eran, he was in the marines—and I got the call and I al­most dropped the phone. Af­ter our con­ver­sa­tion I was scream­ing out loud like a goof. He re­ally be­lieved in my mu­sic.”


A mu­sic ca­reer is “re­ly­ing on faith re­ally.”

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