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.”
New Music from Patrick Murray Radio Interview on CBC show Shift
Vanessa Vander Valk
Wednesday 20 Sep 2017
Patrick Murray has gone from the military to the stage. He talks about his journey and we spin a tune from his new album.
NB Musician heads on a “once in a lifetime” cultural exhibition
Morgan Bokneck for the Times Transcript
Sunday the 9th July 2017
When Moncton musician Patrick Murray found out about a musical residency onboard a boat sailing across Canada, he immediately signed up.
“I got a call when I was in studio, and I think I yelled in someone’s ear. I was pretty excited to be on it.” He said
The Canada C3 is a cultural sailing project taking place in 15 legs over 150 days to celebrate Canada’s 150 years of Confederation.
Each leg of the trip will have different scientists, artists, indigeneous Elders, historians, community leaders, youth, journalists and educators onboard. They will anchor in different communities to do research, create art and perform music, according to the C3 website.
The C3 journey started in Toronto on June 1, heads through the Northwest Passage, and will finish up in Victoria on October 28. Murray will be the fifth leg of the expedition, which kicks off in St John’s, Newfoundland, sailing through the Narrows and along Iceberg Alley. Finishing up in Nain, the north most Nunatisavut settlement in the province.
Murray and his shipmates will be visiting indigenous communities and national parks along their way. He said he hopes there are still some icebergs at this time of year, and he upgraded his phone camera just in case.
Murray, originally from Saint John, said when he found out his childhood hero, Canadian children’s musician Fred Penner, would be on the same leg as him, it just added to his excitement.
“I just remember growing up and seeing him on TV. He always had those catchy songs and wholesome advice for kids, and here he is, still doing music.”
“If we get the same cabin, I hope he doesn’t snore,” said Murray with a laugh.
Murray is a retired Navy/Airforce(corrected) Veteran, who said he now uses music as a way to cope with anxiety(corrected). He put out his first album “Losing Sight of Shore” in 2013 while still in the military, working on counter drug enforcement operations in Caribbean, according to his website. He said next album will be out in the fall.
For a year after the album’s release, Murray said all proceeds from one of the album’s songs will be donated to The Humanity Project, a nonprofit that feeds Moncton’s homeless. Murray said he admires the selflessness and dedication of the charity.
“Being in the military, you know about that, because it’s all about the other person, you’re serving your country. It’s about something greater than yourself..”
Upon the album’s release, a 20 piece a capella group will get together in Saint John to sing one of the songs, Rolling Fields, which is about New Brunswick.
Murray said that music is an integral part of Canadian identity, and that being part of this “once in a lifetime” sailing journey with other creative people is something he’s really looking forward to.
“It’s really cool to be part of something that may never happen again. Never again will there be a 150th anniversary. This is it.”
Murray sets off on the Canada C3 on July 12, and will arrive in Nain on July 22. The Canada C3 is an initiative of the Students on ice Foundation which has led exhibtions through the Arctic and Antarctic since 2000
PORT CITY NATIVE TURNS TO COUNTRY MUSIC AFTER A LONG MILITARY CAREER
Ken Kelley for the Telegraph-Journal
Tuesday 31 January 2017
After spending almost a quarter century as part of the Canadian Navy, Saint John native Patrick Murray is taking some time for himself. And what better way to keep himself busy than with music.
As Murray is making plans to record the follow-up effort to his 2013 debut Losing Sight of Shore, Murray has released a single, “Rolling Fields,” which pays tribute to his home province. The song’s lyrics, sung in an acapella format, paint a vivid, year-round picture of the province’s landscape, name-checking various locales along the way.
“When I wrote ‘Rolling Fields,’ I had thought it would be a bold move to perform the song acapella, which I felt would allow listeners to really focus on what I’m saying with the song’s lyrics. I’m hoping my love for the place I grew up shines through,” Murray shares.
It was while he was in high school that Murray caught the song writing bug, nurturing his knack for crafting original material in the 23 years he spent in the navy while also travelling the world in a variety of capacities.
“In addition to flying for four years with the Sea Kings, the bulk of my time was spent in the navy doing tours overseas,” he shares, noting said tours in Yugoslavia and the Middle East, among other places.
Murray notes his long, fruitful career with the military came to a close when he was placed on medical leave in 2014 and subsequently discharged last year. In that two year span, Murray faced a series of personal changes, including divorce, but music proved to be a constant refuge of sorts for him.
“I’m a firm believer that to appreciate the good in life, you have to live through challenging and dark times,” he says.
“In the last two years, I have written what I feel is some of the best songs of my life. For me, music is about building connections with the audience. There is no greater gift than someone identifying with or finding something that speaks to them personally with my songs.”
‘Hopeful inspiration’ behind song for Rehtaeh Parsons in new CD
A compilation CD of music by Atlantic Canadian artists in support of suicide prevention training will include a track dedicated to Rehtaeh Parsons.
Living for Today is the creation of local musicians Wanda Rose Milne and Keith MacNeil, written by Milne after a major life upheaval that included the loss of both parents.
“The song is hopeful inspiration, about always being in your moment and not going to the bad place,” said Milne from her Chezzetcook home Wednesday.
Milne said it’s the message of hope that prompted her to offer it to Compassion Action for the “Life Support” CD.
“Now every time I sing it, Rehtaeh’s name will be on it. It’s her tune now,” she said.
Milne also reached out to Rehateh’s father, Glen Canning, who will be the guest of honour at the CD launch at Big Leagues on June 1.
Rehtaeh took her own life in early April, two years after being allegedly gang-raped and then bullied by classmates when a photo of the incident was distributed via social media.
Police are currently investigating the allegations.
The project coordinator for Compassion Action says the double CD features tracks donated by Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Hebb, Patrick Murray, Heather Green, Pretty Archie, Jon Mullane and several others.
“We were really moved by how many people wanted to be involved, wanted to do something positive,” said Tylluan O’Shannon.
O’Shannon said the CD was in the works before Rehtaeh’s death, but the tragedy has drawn additional attention to the issues of teen suicide and child sex abuse.
She said she hopes that results in more positive action among members of the public.
“The bottom line is, we want to educate people and we want people to say, instead of getting upset after a tragic event, let’s prevent it from happening in the first place,” said O’Shannon. “This CD can literally save lives, it can fund us to go anywhere where people are willing to accept the training and … learn how to be a life saver.”
“WELLINGTON: Rock/roots pop music fans in the Fall River area you’re in luck, two musicians who perform those genre of music are coming to the area—and both are can’t miss acts. Patrick Murray and The Contenders will perform their hit Folk Rock/Roots Pop music during what they hope is the first of many visits to the Wellington/Fletcher’s Lake Fire Hall on May 11, beginning at 9 p.m. Rock/Blues guitarist ‘Rockin Dan’ will hit the stage first as the opening act.”
CD pick: Patrick Murray
LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE
The Wax isn’t the only local act with a new CD this weekend; roots-pop songwriter Patrick Murray launches his Losing Sight of Shore EP with his band the Contenders on Friday night at Rockbottom Brew Pub.
The Saint John native and Royal Canadian Navy member comes by his title’s seagoing metaphor honestly, and there’s a Maritime air in the title track’s bagpipe and Goodbye My Friend’s tin whistle. But Celtic is just a fraction of his sound, as he contrasts his love of the sea and his home and native land with more personal stories sung with direct emotional clarity.
You can also see Murray and the Contenders this morning on CTV Morning Live, with more dates coming in May at the Wellington-Fletchers Lake Fire Hall (near Fall River) on May 11, Trellis Cafe in Hubbards on May 18 and Dartmouth’s Cafe Bree on May 28. For more details visit patrickbrianmurray.com.