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Rigs of the Time is a collection of folk songs and other recordings made after Songs for a Traveller but not included on Returning with the Tide.
A new 14 track album of original songs by Patrick
in a unique tribute to the Moody Blues.
Released on January 7th, 2013
Available on factory pressed CD or
download from Amazon, iTunes, etc.
Patrick Ovenden (born Canterbury, Kent, England, 1973) attended school at Swalecliffe near Whitstable, where he quickly developed an interest in the music under the inspiration of the then headmaster Mr. Hart, who would play hymns on the piano with 'verve', and was fond of playing gramophone records. In these formative years Patrick was given a glockenspiel, a flute, a guitar, a flageolet and a Bontempi organ as people noticed his aptitude for playing a tune 'by ear'.
During this period he also attended a local free church where many Hebraic-sounding and folk-influenced choruses were being taught and sung. Talented Christian pianist and songwriter Adrian Snell, who had become famous for his work 'The Passion', performed several rock concerts in Canterbury and Patrick was a keen young member of the audience.
Nurtured by a handful of helpful observers, Patrick's musical leanings found a lasting home in the discovery of the music of The Moody Blues, a group of singers and songwriters renowned for setting their songs into an evocative, symphonic, harmonious atmosphere.
Attending Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) Faversham, Patrick studied classical guitar, participated in choirs and concerts and, guided by music teacher Elizabeth Jenkins, began to write his own songs. In fact, he wrote so many songs in school years and immediately afterwards, that words and melodies from those days are still finding their way into his current work.
Moving to the Tenby area in West Wales, UK, in 1992, Patrick achieved a BA Hons in English at Trinity College, Carmarthen, and, after a number of years finding only seasonal work at beachside restaurants, joined the small production team at the Tenby Observer.
Patrick is a member of the Hesed Christian Fellowship (www.hesed.co.uk) and occasionally leads worship at local chapels, where his preferred instrument is the piano. He also collects LPs. As Cliff Richard once confessed to Desert Island Discs, his number one hobby is is buying records; his second hobby is listening to them.
The recordings featured on this website are entirely the product of free time spent at home between work and family commitments. Patrick will probably never have the technical abilities of great musicians - but he covers his mistakes with a healthy dose of chutzpah - and sends out each song with love for the music... and for the listener.
12-string Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar
Piano, Mellotron and Chamberlin emulations
(Including M-Tron Pro and Sampletron)
Fretless Bass, Percussion, Harmonica