Music Monday – Patrick Watson

I was fortunate to hear a lot of great music this summer as I traveled to a few music festivals. As the weather begins to turn, I have fond memories of sitting on the grass on warm summer nights and listening to great performances by artists I love and others I’d never heard of.

One of the standout concerts was Patrick Watson’s appearance on the main stage in Regina.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t listened to him before (my focus in recent years has been on musicians living west of Ontario), and I was completely blown away by his performance.  Terrific songwriting, hip arrangements, haunting voice, all expertly performed – just a totally memorable set.

I’d encourage you to go out and hear him as soon as possible, but apparently the Regina show was the band’s last performance for a while.  It sounds like they’ll be recording and will be back touring next summer.  In the meantime, here’s a trio of songs (“Beijing,” “Big Bird In A Small World” and “Wooden Arms”) courtesy of the fine folks at NPR.

Patrick Watson on CBC Radio 3

Patrick Watson on MySpace

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