Pat Braden to enchant audience with stories and music

Northern storyteller Pat Braden will be heading to Hay River this weekend to wrap up the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre’s Crossing Bridges season.

Braden will be bringing his “Shack Tales” to the Riverview Cineplex, where he will be sharing the stories of his past by mixing narrative with music.

“This is the second in a series of story telling sets done by Pat,” said NACC’s artistic director Ben Nind.

“Shack Tales is a story about living very simply, and the adventures of living very simply while raising a family.”

Nind said that the stories are told both as personal and historical narratives, but also from the perspective of living in a very small shack.

“It also gives perspective on how we live and ultimately how we live as a society,” he said.

Braden himself is looking forward to coming back to Hay River. The last time he performed in town was back in the summer of 2010 with the storytelling festival.

He described the show as a celebration of family and past generations.

“It is a family love story,” said Braden. “Just talking about having and raising a family in Yellowknife’s Old Town.”

He uses his home, an old 1936 shack as the setting and describes not only his personal stories but also those of past occupants.

“It’s very much a personal narrative weaving in some stories of the shack over the years,” he said. “Almost a ‘if the shack’s walls could speak.'”