Eight year old Patrick was happily playing with his Planet Of The Apes action figures when he received an important phone call. It was an offer of a gig for the coming Friday. Although the money was good, Patrick was initially quite hesitant to accept the gig – he didn’t play any instruments, after all.
“Don’t worry” the caller reassured him, “you’ll be on bass.” His confidence restored, Patrick wisely accepted the gig – it was only Wednesday, leaving him plenty of time to learn to play the bass. “What a great way to earn a living!” he thought. Unfortunately, the gig was canceled and the next offer didn’t come for another eight years – and that gig didn’t pay anything, but it was good exposure.
Patrick didn’t realize at the time that this gig would lead to another, and then another and before he knew it he would be a professional musician. It’s funny how life works. When Patrick was young he always thought he would grow up to be like Kwai Chang Caine from the 70’s series Kung Fu; a Chinese martial arts expert, quietly and humbly going around solving people’s problems with kick-ass moves and incredible wisdom (Patrick isn’t Chinese, but that somehow seemed to work out OK for Caine). Being a professional musician is almost as good as being a Kung Fu master… and Patrick hasn’t quite grown up yet anyway.
As a not quite grown-up professional musician Patrick plays bass, chromatic harmonica and just about anything else he can get his hands on. Patrick doesn’t like to take himself too seriously, but when he’s feeling serious he writes instrumental compositions that make you feel all tingly inside.
Here, have a listen to this tune named Cornelius Cornelius
Look at what other people are saying about Patrick Bettison
Gumbi Ortiz – Longtime percussionist with Al DiMeola:
“He´s a bass player, but he´s not just a bass player. His music transcends the bass. He´s amazing. Ask anybody, they´ll agree with me, unless they´re deaf.“
Rich Rainlore music reviewer, London:
“Bassist Pat Bettison delighted particularly also with his haunting, exquisite chromatic harmonica, of which he has to be acknowledged to be the undisputed supremo in this country.”
Patrick writes the occasional not so serious song, too… about things like cheese, or the end of the alphabet. Sometimes Patrick makes funny little movies and posts them online to entertain friends and family. If you decide to become his friend maybe he’ll let you watch one or two of them. In fact, I know he will. Patrick likes giving all kinds of creations to his friends. Sometimes he even gives the occasional lesson for free. Wow!! Patrick is so generous…
Believe it or not, Patrick makes everything he creates available for free to everyone who becomes his friend. So enter your email address below and immediately become Patrick’s friend. It will be fun! And you’ll immediately be sent download links to, two free tracks. I told you he’s generous!!
Here’s another tune for you to listen to called “Flying House”. Flying House
Don’t get me wrong, Patrick needs support, and he gives his friends the opportunity to contribute, but he never pressures them into doing so. His friends are smart enough to realize that it takes a lot of time and dedication to create a nice piece of music, so he leaves that up to them. Maybe the best part about being Patrick’s friend might be that he will occasionally stop speaking in the third person.
Patrick doesn’t believe in spam, but he does believe in connecting with people who enjoy well crafted, creative and unique, original music. He also believes in giving away free downloads. If you’ve ever been to a gig he is on you’ll have noticed that Patrick is very approachable, and most of the time has a smile on his face. So enter you email below and become his friend.