Princeton, British Columbia
Pat LePoidevin began his musical career surrounded by Scottish kilts and sporrans. Living in Scotland for a year when he was nine years old allowed him to discover a passion for music through the great highland bagpipes. LePoidevin devoted his childhood and most of his teenage years to the great traditional instrument, before branching off and using the influence in different areas of music.
Studying at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB gave LePoidevin the opportunity to discover a much wider range of Canadian independent music. Going to countless indie rock/folk shows led to multiple purchases of guitars, ukuleles, and most importantly, looper pedals. LePoidevin has since then been creating orchestras of folk music for audiences throughout Canada and it’s north.
In the summer of 2009, he took his first release, Blue Tornadoes, across the country for the first time. As his first tour of Canada, this garnered much success. The album is chalk full of childhood references and fatherly images. This only led to a much greater release in 2010. Moonwolves received national acclaim from campus/community radio stations and paper press across the country. Going back to his roots, this album demonstrates that LePoidevin was born and raised in the woods in the southern interior of British Columbia. Touring across the country once more allowed him to share his songs of wolves, polar bears, and foxes.
Long days and nights on the road in Canada and the Yukon led to his third release. His latest album, Highway Houses, was released on March 4, 2011 at Brunton Auditorium in Sackville NB with a 12-piece string and horn ensemble. It was LePoidevin’s idea to create a community orchestra for such an important event. Bringing many of the town’s people together into one common space shows LePoidevin’s determination for creating a greater atmosphere than just a show. His dynamic performances leave people awe-struck and fully engaged in his musical project. Highway Houses was also his first album to be released on 12″ Vinyl, allowing it’s deep melodic vocals and an antique air organ to obtain the greatest possible sound.
Over his past 3 years, many doors have opened for LePoidevin throughout Canada. Having the opportunity to play at the historical Dawson City Music Festival brought him to northern Yukon for a summer. Having the opportunity to play the Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, and SappyFest music festivals has strengthened his image to indiekids far and wide. Meanwhile, he plays regular shows at some of Canada’s strongest folk clubs. His determination and success has only led to greater accomplishments in the Canadian music scene.
The future holds greater things for LePoidevin. He is currently working on a project that will attempt to discover his half-American identity. Teaming up with his best friend from childhood and writer, Lewis Smith, LePoidevin plans to release a 12″ LP accompanied by a book of Smith’s short stories. The stories and songs will each focus on fictional tales from small towns in the United States. With a tentative release of 2014, he plans to tour the album throughout Canada and finally discover some of the American towns and venues he has always dreamed of.