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Thoughts on Concert at Finleys Nov 25

The cd release concert has happened. I took two days completely off any other work – did not rehearse with the band – I took good care of myself, listened to the music over and over again, checked certain harmonies and basically got mentally prepared to front a 7 piece band.

The moment arrived and I am happy to say I wasn’t overwhelmed with fear and nerves. I did a lot of relaxing and breathing – which I am fully trained in from my theatre background – and focusing on the music and my goal of everyone having a good time. From reviews so far, the fun was accomplished.

I want to thank a great band that had faith in me, wanted to be there, were so generous during the show. The audience for coming (nice big house) and dancing and clapping and asking for more! How great does that make a performer feel?!! The best!

Photos and video to come soon. CD’s at, iTunes and

Thanks to everyone for buying cd’s. I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as I enjoyed making it.

Thanks to Finley’s for their support and help to make the event a success.

Now to get the music out to the “world”! Here we go!

Cheers –

Pat Henman

cd Release Concert rehearsals

The band has been rehearsing for 2 weeks now.  Last night we hit some great moments, it was very exciting to hear the songs come alive with a 7 piece band in the same room. When you record an album and each musician comes in separately, it is hard to get a sense of awe until it is all finished. Last night, as we stood (some sat) in a circle playing and singing as a unit, it felt great.

I have one week today to put all the pieces together. I hope all my friends in Nelson are coming to celebrate the music at Finleys next Friday night. I am so excited that my friend , Kim Adamson, is coming from Vancouver for the concert; yeh, Kim! Another good friend, and writer of Honeymoon’s Over, is trying to come from Vancouver for the concert also. Come to Nelson, Anthony!

Band members-

Sydney Galbraith, Rick Lingard, Darren Mahe, Steve parish, Jesse Lee, Danille Corbin, Tim Bullen and special guest, Carol Street. – and me.

Digital Downloads at cd for sale at concert.

Hope to see you next week! Tickets at Finleys and Otter Books – 250-352-5121.

Two free downloads – Movin’ On and Honeymoons Over

Hi Everyone

Please enjoy these two free downloads.


Pat Henman

Pat Henman SOLO

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04 Movin’ On

Honeymoon’s Over is the first song off the album to get national play. It is written by an old friend of mine, Rant, from Toronto.

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CD Gone to Press

That is it. The CD has left the building. John and I can’t make any more changes or improvements. It is done. Amazing. Eighteen months later and all that music will come to me in a big box in two weeks, wrapped in cellophane. Ready to sell at the concert. I just can’t believe that is it! To put all that time , energy and so many people’s talent, into a little flat package. Ah well, that is what it was about, create a piece of art. I feel good about it.

The cd is up on cdBaby, it should be live soon. Plus, I am uploading it to VibeDeck through Facebook for sale.

It’s funny, someone asked me the other day if I was thinking about a second album and I said no, too much work and I am no spring chicken anymore, to which he replied, “it’s like having a baby, in two years you’ll feel differently”. I thought that was funny. I won’t be having any more babies either!




Nelson, BC


Pat Henman Solo 2012 Concerts

2012 Concerts

July 1, 2012 Lakeside Park, Nelson, BC 3 PM

July 14, 2012 Kootenay Festival, Castlegar, BC 12:30 PM


Pat Henman Solo cd Home Page.

First concert

My first cd release concert was Sunday October 16 at my sister Joan’s house. It was packed with 48 friends and family members. So much fun! A really big Maritime kitchen party, where we had to drag them into the living room for formal entertainment – not really but kind of!

My 2 brothers, Jim and Paul, played live guitar to the recorded instrumental non-guitar tracks and my sister Jean sang back ups, the same way. It worked beautifully! I can never thank them enough for their support, time and talent that went into making this a special event for me.

My sister Joan MacLeod, who has not sung solo in many years, opened the set with Adele’s “Lovesong” – could not have been more wonderful. Then, my other sister, Jeannie Beks, sang 2 of her own compositions which pretty well left everyone weeping.

Two songs on my album, Stones and Say, written by brother Jim, and cousin David, had tears flowing also. It was so special to look out in the audience of people who love you and feel the love radiate through the walls and floors surrounding us. I want all the songwriters to know how much their work was appreciated.

Thanks to Joan and Steve MacLeod for opening their house for me; to Natalie and Vanessa for being the best Bar-misfits ever!!

I had 50 pre-release cd’s pressed just for this event – I have four left in my possession, and I haven’t left yet! I am so thrilled.

To all my friends and family who came, thank you, for cheering us on, for buying a cd, and just for being you. My heart was pretty full by evening’s end.

As a side note, my Dalhousie Theatre Reunion was the Friday and Saturday –  that was pretty awesome also. So this weekend will go down in my journal as an A+.

Now to get ready for Nelson, Nov 25.


Halifax, Nova Scotia

October 18, 2011

Oct 16

I have been rehearsing like a mad person for 2 weeks now, upstairs in our family home, driving everyone insane I think. No one has actually said that but you always wonder…..

Anyway, I am feeling pretty darn good about the house concert at my sister, Joanie’s, next weekend. My 2 brothers, Jim and Paul, have been working away at getting the live guitar ready, thank God for them. It has been an interesting process, sending all the tracks to them from British Columbia to rehearse with, and then the guitar tracks and all vocal including backups, will be taken out of the mix and done live at the concert. It will be pretty cool. My sister, Jeannie Beks, will sing backups for me.

It looks like a full house too! Yeh! Thanks to all my friends for coming out. Of course, I do have 9 siblings, with spouses and how many dozen of nieces, nephews and cousins, so 50 people count up fast.

The wild ride is getting faster! I leave tomorrow for Halifax and I will let you know how it goes.



Link to a friend

Check out Danielle Corbin. Danielle played keys for me on 6 of the demos for the cd, and is playing on the cd itself. She is using one of my demo’s on her website to showcase her keyboard skills. Nice!

This week

The cd is getting closer to being in a stage of fine listening. Sometimes I feel “wait, where did 14 months go, and what do I do now?” I spoke with John Tucker, this morning about this, and it is like any other major part of your life, when it is over, there is a hole to fill. The hole is a bit big right now. I keep singing, rehearsing for the October 16 house concert, and that is something, but not the same as working out the harmonies, developing melody lines, fine tuning phrasing, etc.

Halifax is getting a special pressing run of 50 cd’s so I can have them in time. There will be something a little different on the artwork, just to make those cd’s stand out from the regular run – friends and family in Nova Scotia, you have to wait to see what that will be.

My biggest challenge is developing a website. Did I know I was supposed to be an IT wiz also? No. And I am not and  not going to be. Simple is best, as they say. But promote we must do, so website there will be.

The band for the Nov 25 Nelson concert is coming together also. We have Sydney, Rick and Steve Parish signed on. Just finalizing bass, guitar and keyboards – maybe trumpet, don’t know yet. And then, what the heck, enter it in a couple of music award categories and see what happens.