Patrick Donovan
Patrick Donovan
Patrick is a part-time reporter and 2nd year student at UNB pursuing an honours undergraduate degree in History, after which he plans to pursue either his Master’s degree, a law degree, or both! He is originally from Hampton, New Brunswick, a small town about twenty minutes outside of Saint John. With a high school English teacher as a mother, he developed an understanding and appreciation for writing at a young age, and has been loving it ever since! Mostly writing for the Arts & Lifestyle section, he is still fascinated by many other topics. Whether it’s writing about theatre or other performances, food, cultural exchange, dabbling in news, the latest interesting event, or even some new research, you might find him there with something to say about it! No matter the topic, he’s happy to be working with a great team and can’t wait to deliver quality journalism through a student publication. The 2018-2019 year is bound to be full of change and exciting stories, and he wants to help show the Brunswickan’s lovely readers just how much intrigue Fredericton has to offer!
February 6, 2019

Dan Mangan brings More or Less to the Boyce Farmers Market

Mangan is currently touring to promote his 5th studio album | Photo by Cameron Lane

Vancouver-based, two-time JUNO award-winning musician and songwriter Dan Mangan played the Farmers Market Saturday night.

As an internationally touring artist who has shared stages with musicians like Father John Misty, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and the Decemberists, Mangan drew a large and lively crowd. Mangan’s performance capped off the headliner shows for the city of Fredericton’s Shivering Songs festival.

Just as Mangan helped bring new life into the world through the birth of his son in 2016, he is trying to bring new life to his music. Mangan is currently touring to promote his 5th studio album, More or Less, inspired by his experiences with parenthood and his uncertainty about bringing life into a modern world of questionable politics. “It was crazy to be holding this newborn baby while the world seemed to be burning,” Mangan said.

The fresh style of his album further emphasizes that his new fame doesn’t impact his creativity. “I wrote an essay for each song and put them into a booklet, a little story for each one,” said Mangan.

Mangan has made headway in other artistic fields. He scored the soundtrack for Peter Chelsom’s feature film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, and a deal for a TV series on Netflix and AMC. Mangan has also co-founded an app called Side Door, a platform that connects artists with hosts of intimate performance spaces to create unique concert experiences.

Mangan exuded high levels of energy and passion during his performance at the Boyce Farmers Market. “You guys are awesome!” he exclaimed repeatedly to the crowd, seeming to thrive off their excitement and spirit.

Mangan has already performed 300 times on his tour, yet he has no trouble putting on an emotionally genuine show that speaks to his familial values.

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