Feb 16, 2013
Imperfections by Patrick Bullen is our Album of the Week commencing Saturday 16 February.
Patrick has been playing and singing all over the U.K. and mainland Europe for the last few years and plays guitar with two bands, The Fate of Gallerani and Cross the Border.
When asked what his favourite gigs have been he will always mention the Troubadour in London: “Knowing I’ve walked down the same stairs and played on the same stage as some of the greats, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon is enough for me.”
Some people have really inspiring stories as to how and why they got into music, unfortunately Patrick’s story is none of these:
“I hurt my knee playing football and was in crutches for eight months” he explains. “I was also unable to play football or do any strenuous exercise with my legs for three years, so I started playing guitar to relieve the boredom. Fortunately, I found out I love playing music.”
Songs Heard on Fast Trains says: “I’m certain there must be thousands of singer-songwriter types plying their trade around the country on any given Wednesday evening, and its equally certain that they’ll be propping up the bill as some sort of support. Something gentle to play in the background while the band’s mates drift in and chat excitedly. It’s always going to be tricky to sort the wheat from the chaff in these situations, and there was every indication – with a crowd made up almost entirely of friends and family it seemed – that this would be one of those occasions. However, they hadn’t reckoned with Patrick Bullen and Emma Joyce who steadfastly refused to be the musical backdrop for meeting and greeting. In fact, from the start of their set they managed to command the audience’s full attention”
For each CD purchased this week, Patrick will donate £1 to Celtic Music Radio.
Patrick will be doing a few gigs in Scotland in the near future before heading off round Europe with Cross the Border.
16th February @ The Douglas Hotel, Brodick, Isle of Arran 9.00pm with Emma Joyce and James Edwyn.
12th April @ Avant Garde, King Street, Merchant City, Glasgow 9.00pm.
27th April @ The Milngavie Folk Club (supporting Sam Carter), The Fraser Centre, Milngavie.
25th May @ Loch Stock Rock & Row Festival, Dalavich, Taynuilt, Argyll
Patrick says: “Thanks to everyone at Celtic Music Radio and everyone else for all their support”.
Album of the Week presented by Ross Macfadyen, Saturday 16 January at 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday 18 January at 6.00pm.