Welcome! This site has information about ROCA House, a concert and workshop venue in East Preston, a beautiful rural setting only ~22 minutes from downtown Halifax and 10 minutes from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. We host award winning artists, creative workshops and other events. Question? Just ask!

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Lucid, Folk/Pop/Rock from Isle of Wight, England, April 30th, 2014

Lucid (folk/pop – Isle of Wight, Eng.) – April 30

Lucid at The Alps 2 On their Canadian tour, all the way from the Isle of Wight, Lucid is a band with a unique and original sound, with a distinct 70s feel and stunning vocals. Accomplished musicians include a pianist, guitarist, bass player and violinist, all with superb vocals, and who have a versatility which is hard to fault. Their music transports the listener to other realms. Tickets for this show $10 advance, $15 at door Facebook Page: Lucid Reserve Now!

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Pat Patisson 2 day Songwriting Workshop, May 3/4, 2014

Pat Patisson Songwriting Workshop – May 3 / 4
Two days of intensive songwriting with the best! Songwriters Assoc. members get discount so it’s well worth joining before registering!
This event only, register here

Pattison“I count myself lucky and proud to have studied with Mr. Pattison. I would not be the writer I am today without his teaching and his unique and comprehensive understanding of language, rhyme, rhythm, and structure.” - 3-time Grammy winner Gillian Welch
Pat Pattison does the impossible.  He takes the mystery out of songwriting without taking the heart out of it.   David Wilcox
“I took a class with a great teacher named Pat Pattison… I learned a lot in that class…and I still read that book, Writing Better Lyrics. I think it’s great.”- John Mayer

Not only is Pat Pattison a Professor at Berklee College of Music, he has penned four books on the craft of songwriting: Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer, Tom Hambridge, and Gillian Welch. He has also developed five online courses for Berkleemusic.com. Pat presents songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

Pat’s classes are legendary. In these events, watch him take already songs and put them through a workout until they emerge trim and toned. Pat will look at selected attendee songs, taking time to work out any kinks, focusing on prosody between the intent of the song and structure, rhyme, rhythm, point of view, phrasing and many other tools that have proven so useful to seminar participants across the globe. No one demands more of a song than Pat, and he can show you how to take it all the places it could go to cross the “finished” line, while millions cheer. We are thrilled to welcome him to Roca House.

NOTE: this is separate registration. Discount for SAC / MNS / ECMA members Website & REGISTER: Pat Patisson

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Brent Mason in Concert & workshop, May 10th, 2014

Songwriting Workshop (day) & Concert (evening)

Brent Mason-cropped993Brent Mason has established himself as one of the most prolific and literate songwriters in the Atlantic region. In 2008, Brent released his 7th album, Both Kinds Of Music, and has a reputation for being an honest and tenacious writer and performer. Playing over 100 shows a year, he tours solo and with his band throughout the region, the UK, the US and Canada. He was nominated for ECMA Solo Roots Artist of the year, and honoured with the Stompin’ Tom Award and the Canada’s Cultural Capital Award for Popular Music Achievement in Saint John, New Brunswick. Website: Brent Mason Reserve Now!

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Brandon Miller Davis – CD Release, April 12th, 2014

Brandon Miller DavisApril 12th marks the date of the release show, here at ROCA Music House, located on the outskirts of Dartmouth, in Cherrybrook.

The show will start at 7:30 (doors @ 6:30) and includes an intermission with refreshments and appetizers. With a suggested donation of $20.00, advanced tickets are available online through etixnow, or in person from Brandon & his team.

Click here for directions or for ticket pickup locations email brandonmillerdavismusic@gmail.com.
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Thom Swift in Concert, April 11th, 2014

Finger Picking & Slide Guitar Workshop (afternoon)
Concert (evening)

ThomSwift 928Fresh off winning the ECMA Blues Recording of the Year for “Fortunate Few”

Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, Thom Swift, performs a distinctive blend of roots-blues-country-folk. Known for his sophisticated guitar-playing, earthy baritone voice and textured, truthful lyrics, Swift has performed with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Dolly Parton, John Mayall, Keb Mo and many more. 2013 Blues Recording of the Year, nominated for Musician of the Year and Male Artist Recording of the Year, this man will not disappoint. Website: Thom Swift  Reserve Now!
Suggested Donation $20

Slide and Finger-picking Guitar Workshop

At 1:30 PM Friday April 11th, Thom will give an intimate workshop for guitarists interested in digging into these techniques. He will answer any questions and work interactively. Suggested Donation $15

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Stan Carew & John Campbelljohn – March 29, 2014

Join us for this great pair of singer / songwriters, each a force to be reckoned with on their own, for an evening of songs and, no doubt, great stories! Doors at 7, show 8PM.

CampbelljoJohn Campbelljohnhn soulfully commands the stage with rich vocals and powerfully prolific technique on guitar or dobro lap steel. A simple listen to any of his six CD releases tell the tale that John Campbelljohn – solo or otherwise – is a born performer and a credit to his accomplishments: Blues Artist of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Slide Guitarist of the Year. Website: John Campbelljohn Reserve Now!

Stan Carew

Musician, songwriter, actor and CBC Radio personality, Stan Carew’s varied career serves him well as a stage performer. Having released four albums since 1997, he and his band, The Magpies, have performed all across the Maritimes before disbanding in 2012. He now performs solo and in collaboration with other artists. Website: Stan Carew Reserve Now!

Suggested Donation $20 – we’ll save a front seat with your name on it! Reserve Now!

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Erin Costello, March 8th, 2014

Vocal Workshop (day) & Concert (eve.)

Erin sang & played wonderfully! Thank you, Erin!!


Erin Costelo has found her voice. She overthrows genre on her latest album, We Can Get Over, inspired by her love of old soul, 60s vocal groups and classic arranging. Costelo takes listeners on a journey of heart, soul, and transcendence. Based in Halifax, the accomplished musician and arranger has toured North America, scored performances with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Blue Engine String Quartet.Website: Erin Costelo

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Lucid – Date change page

Date change, Please go here for details

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Exciting Spring Sessions Confirmed!

Our exciting line-up of Concerts & Workshops are booked and ready for reservations! These will fill up fast, so book early.

  • Stan Carew & John Campbelljohn – March 29 – Concert
  • Thom Swift – April 11 – Finger Picking & Slide Guitar Workshop (day) & Concert (evening)
  • Lucid (folk/pop band from Isle of Wight) – April 30th
  • Pat Patisson Songwriting Workshop – May 3 / 4 – Two full days w/ a fantastic songwriting instructor.
  • Brent Mason – May 10 - Writing Workshop (day) & Concert (evening)

More Info Here! Plus: Brandon Davis Miller CD release April 12th

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Out with the Old, In with the New!

Lots of amazing stuff going on in our ROCA world since our last blog! Our recent concert with Ian Sherwood & Coco Love Alcorn was fabulous! Great artists, great songs, great people all round. If you missed this concert, not to worry. We have more great artists coming this way soon.

Here’s a little bit of a NEW intro video to our space here at ROCA House. It is now up on YouTube to replace the OLD poor quality one. Check it out!

In the new year we will be presenting both Workshops and House Concerts right here and we can hardly wait:

  • Erin Costelo – workshop & concert March 15th http://www.erincostelo.com
  • Thom Swift – concert Aprill 1th www.ThomSwift.ca
  • Mr. Pat Pattison, 2 day workshop May 3/4 details and register here: www.PatPattison.com
  • and the final details are being worked out now with a couple more folks for workshops and for concerts!

Do you have artists you would like to see? Let us know who they are!

It has been suggested to us that we set up a carpool system so that people from Halifax, or anywhere really, can come out together. What do you think of that idea? We are always looking for ideas to get more people out to see the amazing artists we bring in. Any help would be greatly appreciated. All proceeds go the the artists so they can continue to make the awesome music they do. Suggestions welcome!

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