A mix of Folk, Rock, Progressive & East Coast in a Classic Rock blender

2015 Stingray Music Rising Star

Fredericton Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

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Latest News 

Hi Folks

Exciting times are here.

On June 5 we will be releasing our 5th album which is titled “Along for the Ride.” The music will be available on this site as well as the usual suite of online streaming and music sale sites, including Bandcamp. Contact us if you want a hardcopy CD.

We are looking forward to kicking off the Living Roots Music Festival with our release show on June 5 at Dolan's Pub in Fredericton. We hope to see you there if you are in the area on that date. We are sharing the stage with Black Suit Devil, Noelle Francis, and Josh Ritchie who will open the show. Show starts at 7:00 PM with Free to Grow scheduled for 9:00 PM.

In other news we have some new merch. As per usual Amanda has contributed the art. Here is a picture of friend of the band Doug Schwartz rocking the shirt. Doug was sad that his old shirt was getting threadbare from extensive use. He bought our new shirt and can now see the sun again! Be like Doug. One can be yours for $25 ($25 + shipping if you are from away). We have a range of sizes, but get yours before they run out.

Stay tuned for upcoming events and other news.

Peace and love to all.

Jeff Patch

Free to Grow News - April 2024 

We have exciting news including two upcoming performances including an album release show!!!

On April 19 at Klub Khrome we will be participating in a Battle of the Bands. This is not something we would normally do, but the temptation associated with a chance for a $3000 prize and a bunch of other goodies is hard to pass up on. For those on Facebook the event link is here.

You can support Free to Grow (or another band if you must) by buying tickets in advance and choosing Free to Grow. Login or create an account at the Bounce site, search for the “Battle of the Bands (3rd Battle)” and buy a ticket in support of Free to Grow. Online tickets are $6.45 ($5 plus fees) and tickets at the door are $10. If you buy a ticket at the door you will get a ballot and your opportunity to vote for Free to Grow. We will be competing with two other great bands and all will put on a great show.

The second live performance we are announcing is the kick off of the 2024 Living Roots Music Festival on Wednesday June 5 at Dolan's Pub. Check out the Facebook event. For us it will be an album release show for our 4th studio album. The CD has arrived so contact us if you want an advance copy of the album ($10). A special thanks and shoutout to the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund. The 2023 JL Music Composer Award helped fund this project.

Peace and Love to all

Jeff Patch

Free to Grow Live is Available 

Hi Folks

At long last our LIVE album is available on our website, on Bandcamp plus the usual suspect suite of music sale and streaming sites. A huge thanks to our friends The UnHeard who invited us to open for them; to Roots and Soul Music Promotions for hosting the show; and to MRD Studios for recording the event. In addition to the audio recording, a video playlist is available on YouTube which includes all 11 songs performed. Liking and subscribing is a great help to us so please feel free to do so.

We had a great time on February 25, 2023 as we performed live for the first time in 4 ½ years. Yes cancer sucks as did the pandemic, but it's awfully good to be back. An amazing highlight was performing “Miracle Man” live for the first time in front of the man himself. It is so great to have both the audio and video documentation.

Stay tuned as we plan to release a full length (14 songs) studio album in the near future. 

Peace and Love

Jeff Patch

Two New Songs November 24 2023 

Hi Folks

Happy to announce that we are releasing two new songs today. “Weekend Freaky Girl” is a rocker which features Dan Doucet on lead vocals and we once again have Vaughan Evans (The UnHeard) as guest lead guitarist.

Towards the other end of the Free to Grow spectrum, we have 'I Dig This" which is an acoustic song featuring Marie-Hélène Michaud on lead vocals and Dave Palmer on dobro with Chris Browne on mandolin.  

We are most grateful to the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund for the JL Music Composer Award which has funded the mixing and mastering of these tunes.

While the original plan was to release our fourth album earlier this year it is looking more and more like it will be early 2024 before the full album is ready. That album will be our next studio release.

You can listen to and purchase the music on our own website as per links above, or on Bandcamp. If you stream music, it is now available on Spotify and other streaming services.

Peace and love to all

September News 

We were very sad to get the news last month of the passing of Doug Barron who, among many other things, was a former cohost of CBC Weekend Mornings out of Halifax NS. Doug was supportive of our band and would send us positive messages saying how he enjoyed our music. We had discussed the possibility of a joint show with his band and had made tentative plans to pursue that this year. RIP Doug and condolences to family and friends.

In band news, original member Joe Bonnell has left the band and we wish him all the best in future endeavours and thank him for all his outstanding contributions to our music and shows over the years. 

Our August 30 outdoor show was rained out but we did get to perform on the rain date of Monday September 4. We closed off the Fredericton Northside Concert Series sponsored by Business Fredericton North with a fun performance where we played 22 original Free to Grow numbers. We even played the song Miracle Man in front of the man himself and I had an opportunity to test out my new Insta 360 X3 camera and make a video of that part of the event. Friend of the band Doug Schwartz took some video and we have been using it to make some shorts on YouTube and Reels on Facebook. We'd love it if you subscribed to us on YouTube and followed us on Facebook if you haven't already done so.

Peace and Love to All

 

Jeff Patch

August Update - JL Music Composer Award 

Hi Folks

Lots of news to share: the most recent, wonderful and exciting being Jeff's receipt of the JL Music Composer Award from the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund. This $1000 CAD award will substantially offset our studio expenses as we continue work on our fourth studio album. This is awesome news for us!!!

We continue to prepare for our next live performance (Facebook Event Link) on August 30 at 7-8:30 pm at Mitch Clarke Park on Fredericton's Northside. This free performance is sponsored by Business Fredericton North as part of their Northside Concert Series. We even made a YouTube Short Promo Video!

On a last note several people have enquired about what happened to our June 23 gig at The Tipsy Muse Cafe. Unfortunately one of our members contracted and tested positive for Covid the night before the scheduled show. Regrettably the show had to be cancelled.

That should bring us up to date. Peace and Love to All

 

Jeff

Come See Us Play - June 23 at The Tipsy Muse 

Hi Folks

We have a gig coming up and if you can come out, we would love to see you there!

We will be playing two sets from 7-9 PM on June 23 at the Tipsy Muse Cafe. Advance tickets are $11.50 (+taxes / fees) and are available here and you may also want to check out the Facebook event

This will be a bit different in that it will be an unplugged performance with Jeff, Joe, Amanda, and Marie Hélène. We will play Free to Grow songs both new and old in an intimate setting and provide background info on the music. We are excited and it promises to be a fun time.

Cheers and peace and love

 

Jeff

New Music!!!! 

Hi Folks

May 1 is here and we have released new music. Three brand new songs and a reissue of the two songs we initially released in December 2022. One of these tunes is a live take from our February 25 gig which will ultimately make it onto a live vinyl LP we plan to release later this year. A video of the performance has also been released today. The other songs will ultimately make it onto our fourth full length studio album, also planned for release later in 2023. 

Here are all the links you need:

Website: https://www.freetogrowband.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/freetogrowband  

Bandcamp: https://freetogrow.bandcamp.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YTMJeCvWlV5ysLIHnyeKg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreeToGrowBand/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freetogrowband/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@FreetoGrowBand   

Peace and love to all

Jeff

New Music Out on May 1 

Hi folks

We will be releasing 5 songs on Monday May 1. All of the songs will be on our next studio album. In fact we plan two more major releases in 2023. One will be a live album from our February 25 gig at Fredericton's Grimross Taproom. Free to Grow (Live) will be available on the usual music sale and streaming sites as well as on a vinyl LP. Our next studio album (Along for the Ride) will be released as a CD and will also be available on all your favourite music sites. Both will feature artwork by our very own talented Amanda L. Moss. It has been a long haul and we look forward to sharing the new material with you.

Peace and love

Jeff

 

 

We Did It 

What fun we had on February 25. Our first time back live on stage since August of 2018. It has been quite a journey. We opened for our friends The Unheard at the Grimross Taproom with MRD Studios providing sound for Roots and Soul Music Promotions.

We played 11 of our songs in our set, including 8 newer songs which will be on our upcoming fourth album. We finished off our night with Miracle Man, our tribute to The UnHeard's Bruce Hughes. The place was full and the crowd was enthusiastic. Awesome time.

We posted a couple of videos on our Facebook page and we expect to post more in the coming weeks.

 

Peace and love

 

Jeff

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Our 2017 End of the World EP has had airplay all over Planet Earth and has charted on internet and terrestrial radio stations in Canada, USA, Europe and South Africa. 

End Of The World

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It may be near The End of the World but we aren't going anywhere.

Big thanks to all who have supported Free To Grow!!!

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Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
 — (ADT, UTC-03)  — (ADT, UTC-03) Living Roots Festival Kick-Off Show Dolan's Pub, Fredericton NB Dolan's Pub, Fredericton NB
(ADT, UTC-03) (ADT, UTC-03) Klub Khrome Battle of the Bands Klub Khrome, Fredericton, NB Klub Khrome, Fredericton, NB
 — (ADT, UTC-03)  — (ADT, UTC-03) Flower Shop Sessions at Hansen Road Flower Co. Hansen Road Flower Shop, Fredericton, NB Hansen Road Flower Shop, Fredericton, NB
Keswick Fall Harvest Market Keswick Ridge Community Centre, Keswick Ridge Keswick Ridge Community Centre, Keswick Ridge
 — (ADT, UTC-03)  — (ADT, UTC-03) Business Fredericton North Summer Concert Series - Free to Grow Mitch Clarke Nasis' Park, Fredericton Mitch Clarke Nasis' Park, Fredericton
(ADT, UTC-03) (ADT, UTC-03) Free To Grow Band The Tipsy Muse Cafe, Fredericton, NB The Tipsy Muse Cafe, Fredericton, NB
 — (AST, UTC-04)  — (AST, UTC-04) The UnHeard with special guests Free to Grow Grimross Taproom, Fredericton NB Grimross Taproom, Fredericton NB
 —  — Free To Grow Live at the Dip Delta Frederictom, Fredericton, NB Delta Frederictom, Fredericton, NB
 —  — Pioneer Days Oromocto Oromocto
Free To Grow at Freddy Beach Ribfest Fredericton Exhibition Grounds, Fredericton NB Fredericton Exhibition Grounds, Fredericton NB
Private Function Oromocto Oromocto
Return to Uncle G’s Uncle G's The Spot to Be, Sussex NB Uncle G's The Spot to Be, Sussex NB
 —  — Flood Relief Benefit Hollywood Star Room, Ripples NB Hollywood Star Room, Ripples NB
CD Release Show Grimross Taproom, Fredericton NB Grimross Taproom, Fredericton NB
CHSR Sessions Studio D CHSR, Fredericton NB Studio D CHSR, Fredericton NB
Mike and Alicia's Wedding Party Meenan's Cove Beach House, Quispamsis NB Meenan's Cove Beach House, Quispamsis NB
River Jam Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB Delta Fredericton, Fredericton, NB
Loyalist City Ribfest Exhibition Park, Saint John NB Exhibition Park, Saint John NB
Free To Grow Hits Bathurst Studio 2, Bathurst NB Studio 2, Bathurst NB
Saint Andrews Red Herring Pub, Saint Andrews NB Red Herring Pub, Saint Andrews NB