The Story of Patricia Rolston

I met my partner Patricia Rolston in 1991. I had left Quesnel for Vancouver and had written a variety show and I needed a pianist so that I could pitch the show to George Zuckerman of Overture Concerts. He knew my work through Sarabande (a vocal trio) and I wanted him to represent me again. I asked Pat if she would accompany me for the concert. She is a terrific concert pianist and teacher but had her nose decidedly in the air when she saw that the show was a stew of vocal high points and very low points with a lot of comedy and silliness thrown in. We did the show for George and he told me that he loved the show and would take us into his “stable” of touring shows. She made the decision to go along for the ride, despite her very busy teaching schedule and over the next ten years, she never looked back. George dubbed us “The Two Patricias.” We hit all the “high spots” between Vancouver Island and Nova Scotia and all stops in between…... changing in broom closets; having to scrounge for telephone books so she could reach the pedals; performing by candlelight when the power went out on Saturna; being turfed out of a strip club in Fort Nelson where we’d gone for an after show gin and tonic. Many many wonderful memories. And yes, I finally persuaded “Miss Classical Piano”  to wear a cowboy hat for “Sweet Violets” and to do a tap dance. I loved her prodigious talent, her work ethic, her sense of humour and her overall brilliance. Thanks Pat for sharing the road with our two shows as Two Patricias: “A Legacy of Song” and “A Rave Revue.” You have made my life richer and more fun for having known you.

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