Folk-roots musician Allison Brown performs on Gabriola

Show is March 30 at the Hive Emporium and features Nanaimo musician Sean Patton

With her guitar and ukulele in tow, folk-roots musician Allison Brown has been touring the country sharing her songs and stories.

Becoming a singer-songwriter wasn’t a conscious decision she made, said Brown. She’s currently making her way across Canada during her latest tour. Singing and songwriting is just a part of who she is that naturally progressed to her touring and performing, said Brown.

Brown started performing in front of people when she was 14 and was drawn to her current genre of music.

“I love the folky, traditional sound. That’s where my voice naturally fits,” said Brown.

Brown’s latest album Stitches and Incisions was released in 2015. After its release she embarked on a three month tour, performing 60 shows in six provinces. The album includes five originals and three covers. It was recorded in Preston, Ont.

Her previous album, Viper at the Virgin’s Feet, was created on Protection Island at David Essig’s home recording studio.

Brown performs with Sean Patton at Gabriola’s Hive Emporium, located at 9-575 North Rd., on March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

“It really is just kind of a friendly night out of music,” said Brown. “I tell a few different stories in with my songs.”

The two musicians will each play a solo set.

Patton, a Nanaimo musician, began learning classical piano as a child and then progressed to jazz in high school. During that time he listened to bands such as Nirvana.

It was after high school he discovered the impact of acoustic instruments and began to be inspired by folk artists such as Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. Patton currently performs as a solo artist and as the bass guitarist with the band Wide Eyed.

Tickets for the Gabriola show are $10 by calling Hive Emporium at 250-325-1948 or at the door if available.

For more information about Brown, please visit www.allisonbrown.ca or for info about Patton visit www.seanpattonmusic.com.

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