“Soulful, Honest, Hilarious and Smart” – Fingers on Blast
That’s Ottawa, Ontario’s indie-folk singer Pat Maloney. The happily independent singer-songwriter and story-teller encapsulates the Canadian spirit of a humble, character driven poet (Gord Downie, Gordon Lightfoot, Donovan Woods) with an often self-defaming sense of humor. In a rich baritone, he sings heartfelt “story songs” based on his experiences on tour, his family, and his place in the tumultuous world we live in.
Three full-length albums deep since 2013, Pat’s catalogue is inclusive and free of pretention. However genre hopping, he draws cohesion from master story telling at the live performances. It’s hard to pin down Pat’s musical influences. Although he considers himself akin to adult alternative songwriters like Ryan Adams, Father John Misty or Tom Waits, he refuses to betray the influence from his years as a drummer in punk and hip-hop outfits. Stepping away from full-length album efforts for now, he is poised to release two digital singles in 2018.
Twice the winner of the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities Songwriter of the Year Award, Maloney is known in national folk music circles as a hard working road warrior on a never-ending tour. Since quitting his job as a University talent buyer, Pat Maloney has toured relentlessly all over Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States. He has had several singles hit #1 on a number of Canadian folk charts.
“Considering an endless access to a century of popular music, and my love for a wide variety of styles, it would be unfulfilling to pigeon hole my creativity into one genre of music. I write what comes out naturally without stuffing it into a box. I’m not really a folk singer, I just sound like one sometimes.” – Pat Maloney