Written by Daniel Stad
Pat Boardman is a songwriter who grew up combining the sound of Canadian urban folk music with traditional American rural blues.
He started singing in coffee houses along the port cities of the Welland Canal back in 1965, when the reflective folk music atmosphere had audiences listening to songs that expressed the musical roots of North American music culture and the social changes of the 'Sixties.
He was fourteen when he began playing for money, and spent his teenage years immersed in the music of new folksingers and the rich tradition of blues musicians like Leadbelly, Blind Sonny Terry, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters. The Greenwich Village and Yorkville scenes featured new folk recording artists and concerts drew college students looking for meaningful music that they all could share. The civil rights movement led to the rise of Bob Dylan, and several years later musicians wrote anthems for the anti-war movement. In the inspired days of the 'Seventies, Pat lived in Vancouver, New York, Boston, Montreal, and many stops along the way to perform in bars and as an opening act at concerts.
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