Patrick Alexandre Leclerc explores Red River Resistance on new CD

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Patrick Alexadre LeClerc plays with a lot of people including Little Miss Higgins and the F Holes, but he is excited to bring his blues rock trio back to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Thursday, May 30.Patrick Alexandre LeClerc returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Upright bassist/ vocalist Alexandre will be joined by his band the Nor’ Westers guitarist Dwayne Dueck and drummer Jeff Laird. Vince Andrushko is  also on the bill.


 They released their last CD “In the Blood” in 2018, which they recorded in Nanaimo at the Risque Disque Record studio.
“I really wanted to feature the dynamics we have when we play live on the CD,” he said.


“We’ll be playing those songs and road testing some new songs,” said LeClerc, who is currently putting the finishing touches on a new concept album about Metis and First nations role in the Red River Resistance in Manitoba.

“I have relatives who were on all sides of the issue, so doing the research has been interesting,” LeClerc said, adding he has learned a lot about the rebellion during his day job as a riverboat historical tour guide  in Winnipeg, on which he works with the Pepetrators‘ Jay Nowicki.

 He recruited a lot of indigenous and local musicians to play on the concept album including members of JD and the Sunshine  Band, a group of homeless musicians who recorded a well received CD “Soaking Up the Rays” in 2016.


“We have 18 to 30 musicians playing on int including a 10 person choir,” . It’s been a lot of fun.”

He said he has  shifted slightly away from the roots of  the F Holes into more rock and roll.
“I go through stages. I’m playing more rock and roll. there was a lot more blues on the last record. But I love John Prine style roots music,” he said.
“ The concept album is going to be more different, because there are horns on a couple of songs,” he said. He is still playing a lot with little Miss Higgins.

—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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