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Event Archive - Matt Pattershuk & The Craftsmen

Fri. November 24th 2017 Upstairs Lounge - Oak Bay Recreation Centre (All Ages)
7:30 pm doors at 6 pm
$20 advance | $25 at the door
Can you remember the last time you listened to a record that stayed with you long after it had finished playing? Where the songs got under your skin right away, and worked their way right into the deepest part of you. Where you swear the singer ripped the words right off the pages of the book of your life to bring everything back to you in ways you’ve felt, but never been able to express. Listening to Matt Pattershuk’s music is like that.

Born in Burns Lake, BC, and brought up in Edmonton and other prairie towns across Canada, Matt Patershuk is the real deal. A country man through and through, he wouldn’t waste your time singing about things that don’t matter. It’s always good news when he leaves his tiny town of LaGlace, Alberta to tour or record an album, and this time around, he’s created something really special.
“I Was So Fond of You’ is Matt’s second record, and like his debut, the Western Canadian Music Awards nominated ‘Outside The Lights of Town’, Patershuk tapped Juno award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Dawson to guide it to completion. To make this record, the pair met at Dawson’s newly relocated Henhouse studio in Nashville to hunker down and record one of the most honest Canadian country albums to ever see the light of day.

Matt Patershuk’s unaffected singing belongs to a different time and his voice reflects a reserve and unspoken toughness that is rarely heard today. Patershuk’s baritone may not be the most delicate voice you’ll ever hear, but it suits his songs so well that you couldn’t imagine him sounding any different. You can hear the resolve it takes for Matt to honestly share these songs; no matter how delicate the matters they express, he never skirts true emotions or takes the easy way out by giving way to melodrama. The songs on ‘I Was So Fond of You’ are peppered with the kind of humanity that you can hear in Willie Nelson’s best work and sometimes reflect a subdued irony that wouldn’t be out of place in a John Prine tune.

Advance tickets $20 at Ivy's Bookshop and Oak Bay Recreation Centre, online tickets at
Please note the Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant and bar, doors open at 6 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm.
This is a listening vneue.


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