Reminiscent of classic album rock, FTG music weaves a path through a soundscape of folk and progressive rock with delightful acoustic, electric and traditional accents.
This lineup of Free To Grow was formed in April 2014.
Jeff Patch – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, bamboo flute, keys
Born in Montreal, Jeff moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada to pursue studies in forestry and wildlife. After growing up through the era of geezer rock, and following a career in natural resource management, Jeff is grateful for this opportunity to perform and record original music. Musical interests and influences span a wide variety of classic rock and folk artists, such as The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and Stan Rogers. Favourite guitarists include David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull).
Amanda L. Moss – vocals
Currently residing in Geary New Brunswick, Amanda has always been a singer. She sings for herself, and she loves to sing for others. Through music people can connect more intimately and emotionally, and Amanda loves to share that emotional space with people. She desires every song, whether recorded or live, to be an experience. She honed her craft of evoking and portraying emotion through musical theatre and acting.
Amanda has been heavily influenced vocally by Tori Amos, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Janis Joplin, and Maynard James Keenan (Tool & A Perfect Circle).
Dick Violette – bass
Raised in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Dick has been playing bass for longer than he wants us to know. A longtime member of “Mandy and Silk and Overdrive,” Dick agreed to also jump on board with Free To Grow in order to offer his considerable bass skills to the project. His mastery of the 5 string fretless bass is a driving force in the FTG sound.
Alex Tattersall – drums
Our “barely legal” band member is a native of Perth, New Brunswick. Alex got his first drum kit when he was eight and slowly learned some AC/DC rhythms beside his guitar-playing brother. At 12 years old a new electric drum kit helped him practice more and more until he was playing songs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who and many others. He finally received his first full drum kit when he was 14 and hasn’t stopped playing drums since.
Joseph Bonnell – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Hailing from the Bubblegum Crater on Mars, Joe landed on planet Earth and has become a guitar virtuoso. All joking aside, Joe grew up in Burnt Church, NB and has been living in Fredericton, NB for the past five years. At the age of 15, while listening to a cassette of Neil Young’s album “Harvest”, he was inspired to pick up the guitar… the rest is history.
Joe performs with Free to Grow and enjoys jamming & performing with a variety of musicians/bands – you never know what instrument he’ll pick up next at a jam! Joe can also be booked as a session musician or solo performer (don’t miss one of his shows).
From classical, to pop, folk and classic rock, Joe can expertly play a broad range of styles. His musical influences include Eric Clapton, America, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Eagles, The Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce to name a few.
Susan Thompson – vocals, keyboards
Susan is a scientist by day, artist by night. Born and raised in Fredericton, Susan is a classically trained pianist and has a passion for singing. She did classical voice training for three years and has performed with choirs locally and internationally. She has also sung and danced her way through seven musicals. Susan has had a secret life-long dream of being a back-up singer in a band (honest!). Free to Grow is a dream come true and she is grateful to be working with such a warm, talented and fun group of people.
Catherine Leblanc – vocals
Catherine works in nursing care, loves to perform for her community and is a grandmother of 3 boys. She has been a participant in Christmas at the Fredericton Playhouse (three times) and has committed herself to raising charity funds through musical theatre in Fredericton. She is a proud member of Madrigal Music theatre group, and has enjoyed creating her own music of Irish background. She is happy to have joined a wonderful group of musicians to collaborate on such an amazing project as Free To Grow and is thankful to all involved!
Justine Koroscil- BMus – vocals
Justine Koroscil is a performer from Grand Falls, NB. She graduated from Mount Allison University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and has had numerous experiences performing equally as a soloist, back-vocalist and choir member. In January 2013, she played the role of the fairy godmother in Université de Moncton’s opera production of Cendrillon by French composer Jules Massenet. She has been the opening act for Acadian singer-songwriters such as Danny Boudreau, Jean-François Breau and the Acadian group Parabole. In 2011 she won 1st place in her category at the NATS (National Association of Teachers for Singing) competition. Justine is a passionate arts and culture advocate and is the Director of Administration at The New Brunswick Arts Board in Fredericton, NB. She will be pursuing studies in the Music Business sector in 2015.
Katherine Moller – www.katherinemoller.ca – violin, fiddle, cello
Being one of New Brunswick’s most vibrant, versatile and energetic fiddlers, Katherine brings together the highlands of Scotland, the lush greens of Ireland and the majesty of the St. John River Valley. An ECMA Awards nominee and winner of a Music NB Award, she has four CDs to her credit: Take The Happy Road (2007), By Request (2010), Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired (2011), and Greensleeves & Puddin’ Pies (2013). With ever-rising popularity, Katherine shows without a doubt, she truly is the master of four strings and a bow.