The Sooke Folk Music Society is thrilled to announce Celtic Reflections (Patricia and Patrick De Gabrielle) as the feature for this Saturday’s Coffee House, June 15th, 2019.
Patrica and Patrick have performed together in Canada, US, UK and Mexico for over 25 years, during which time they have won the hearts of audiences everywhere. Both have a background in theatre plus a natural gift for performing which often evokes both smiles and tears. Their diverse musical talents spring from true Celtic roots—the music of the British Isles and other maritime regions like Spanish, Moorish, Arabic, and Early Eastern influences. Their vast repertoire includes Latin, Classical Jazz and Flamenco styles, all played with a modern day sound that is uniquely their own.
Patrick and Patricia compose music and are well known for their ability to improvise as well as for song-writing for special occasions. As highly trained musician-performers, they have played stage shows, weddings, house concerts as well as teaching both children and adults. They have been influenced by The Chieftains, Lunassa, Paco De Lucia, John Maclaughlin, Rolend Dyens, and Al Di Miola. Whether original tunes or traditional favourites, the arrangements are always uniquely their own.
Patrick plays classical acoustic guitar, midi-bass pedals, bass guitar, mandolin, bass mandolin, violin (fiddle), bouzouki and Irish whistles. He was born in Dublin as the youngest of a theatrical family. He grew up on the road with the Shannon Players, one of the last travelling shows of it’s kind in Eire. He took up the guitar at 11 years of age and earned a living playing ever since. When Patrick came to Canada with a show band, he continued as a guitarist and house musician for places such as the Banff Springs Hotel, Jasper Park Lodge, and Chateau Lake Louise. He was revered for his talent and how well versed he was in many genres from classical to rock. He has also studied at the Royal Conservatory program for classical guitar and teaches from that program.
Patricia’s family is from County Cork. She was living and teaching in Lethbridge, Alberta when they met and began their harmonious adventure which eventually brought them to Vancouver Island. She plays Celtic harp (built by Patrick), the bodhran and other percussion instruments which add a world flavour to the song. She loves to share an emotional, sweet ballad. The beauty of the music she brings forth from her harp will soothe away the cares and woes of the day. She is an educator and teaches music as well. Together they offer a unique musical journey you won’t want to miss.
Holy Trinity Church, 1962 Murray Rd. Sooke
Door: 7:00 PM, Open Stage: 7:30 PM, Feature: 9:00 PM
Admission: $7.50 and $5.00 for Open Stage Performers
* Please note: Due to the performer’s allergy to smoke, they are requesting that those who smoke refrain during the break and/or sit toward the back rows.