Tour of tunes

Monc­ton mu­si­cian’s mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence in­spires new al­bum, tour, with stops in N.L.

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSIE MULLALEY rmul­la­[email protected]­gram.com Twitter: Te­ly­rosie

He spent years trav­el­ling the world, vis­it­ing war-torn coun­tries as part of his mil­i­tary du­ties (de­ploy­ment). Now, ris­ing folk/coun­try mu­si­cian Pa­trick Murray of Monc­ton has re­tired his uni­form, picked up his gui­tar again and is ready to fo­cus on his pas­sion — his mu­sic.

He spent years trav­el­ling the world, vis­it­ing war-torn coun­tries as part of his mil­i­tary du­ties (de­ploy­ment).

Now, ris­ing folk/coun­try mu­si­cian Pa­trick Murray of Monc­ton has re­tired his uni­form, picked up his gui­tar again and is ready to fo­cus on his pas­sion — his mu­sic.

Pro­mot­ing his new al­bum, “New Be­gin­nings,” Murray has em­barked on an East­ern Cana­dian tour, with sev­eral stops in this prov­ince next week.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” said Murray, a navy and air force veteran, who is a huge Great Big Sea fan.

“I love New­found­land — its beauty, the peo­ple and its rugged­ness … I couldn’t have a tour with­out com­ing to New­found­land.”

His shows in this prov­ince are set for Satur­day, Oct. 7, at the Ro­tary Arts Cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook; Mon­day, Oct. 9, at St Gabriel’s Hall in Marys­town; and on Tues­day, Oct. 10, at the Ship Pub in St. John’s. In his show at the Ship Pub, he will team up with lo­cal mu­si­cian and com­poser Brett Vey.

Murray be­gan the tour with shows in Monc­ton, Saint John and Char­lot­te­town this past week­end, to be fol­lowed by shows this week in Hal­i­fax. Af­ter his per­for­mances in this prov­ince, he will also visit Fred­er­ic­ton for Mu­sic NB shows be­fore head­ing to Mon­treal and Toronto.

His de­but al­bum is a 14-song sound­track of Mar­itime life and life as a mil­i­tary veteran. The ma­jor­ity of his songs were writ­ten dur­ing his tran­si­tion from the mil­i­tary last year and deal-

Pa­trick Murray also con­ducts song­writ­ing/cre­ative writ­ing sem­i­nars for vet­er­ans, RCMP of­fi­cers and first re­spon­ders deal­ing with Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der (PTSD) and anx­i­ety. He’s sched­uled one of his sem­i­nars in St. John’s dur­ing his visit here. It will be held at the Oct. 10 at HMCS Cabot naval com­plex.

ing with anx­i­ety.

From sin­gles “Life is Com­pli­cated,” “Heart­break” and “Ever­long,” Murray said the al­bum is a jour­ney of the heart and a sound­track of his life.

“The abil­ity to let it out comes out in my mu­sic, to write about how I feel, so it’s di­rectly there in my mu­sic,” said Murray, whose first al­bum, “Los­ing Sight of Shore” was re­leased in 2013, but never got pro­moted as he would like be­cause he got de­ployed to ser­vice soon af­ter it was re­leased.

Murray also con­ducts song­writ­ing/cre­ative writ­ing sem­i­nars for vet­er­ans, RCMP of­fi­cers and first re­spon­ders deal­ing with Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der (PTSD) and anx­i­ety.

He’s sched­uled one of his sem­i­nars in St. John’s dur­ing his visit here. It will be held at the Oct. 10 at HMCS Cabot naval com­plex.

“I just wanted to pro­vide a tool for peo­ple to help them,” said Murray, who had friends take their lives af­ter suf­fer­ing from PTSD. “If I can help one per­son, that’s great.”

Murray said he’s ex­cited to be­gin a new chap­ter in his life. His new al­bum — which he de­scribes as “mainly folk/ coun­try mixed with Celtic and sprin­kles of pop and rock” — is pro­duced by ac­claimed Cana­dian singer/song­writer J.P. Cormier.

“I’m pretty ex­cited be­cause J.P. doesn’t just take on any­one or any­thing. It was amaz­ing to record and be in the stu­dio with him. He’s so tal­ented,” said Murray, who

“We recorded 14 songs in un­der a month — 14 vo­cal tracks in two days — and had it mas­tered. I’m pretty proud of that.”

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Monc­ton singer/song­writer Pa­trick Murray will be in New­found­land next week as part of his tour to pro­mote his new al­bum, “New Be­gin­nings.” A re­tired mil­i­tary man, he will also con­duct a sem­i­nar in St. John’s for peo­ple who suf­fer from Post Trau­matic...

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