Patty Larkinadvance sale
Ticket Price: $24.50 / $29.50 day of show
It’s been too many years since Patty Larkin graced our stage. You won’t want to miss her return.
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).
Patty grew up in a musical and artistic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Descended from a long line of Irish American singers and taletellers, her mother was a painter, her sisters both musicians. She learned at a young age to appreciate the beauty of the arts. She began classical piano studies at age 7, and became swept up in the sounds of pop and folk in the 60s, teaching herself the guitar and experimenting with songwriting in high school. An English major, Larkin sang throughout her high school and college career, starting out in coffeehouses in Oregon and San Francisco. Upon graduation from the University of Oregon, she moved to Boston and devoted herself to music, busking on the streets of Cambridge and studying jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music and with Boston area jazz guitarists.
“Still Green,” Patty’s 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family and nature. This collection of new songs chronicles Patty’s search for relief, respite and solace during a time when she lost both of her parents, and witnessed a sister suffer a serious health issue.
The album begins with “The Best of Intentions,” a song Larkin started before all of these life-altering events, and completed after them. The song is a bellwether for the record, that raises questions of belief and redemption, and leaves them unanswered for the listener.
While on tour, Patty was sent a book of Kay Ryan poems. What struck Larkin about the work was how lyrical and song-like the poems were. One morning in a hotel, she read and reread “Green Behind The Ears.” Without thinking, she began to play the guitar and sing the words, resulting in the hypnotic gem on “Still Green.” The honesty and longing of the lyric is reflected in the delicate kalimba sounds and muted guitar work. The chorus opens up all the feelings of the sweetness and frailty that life has to offer. It is a beautiful marriage of music and words.
“Still Green” is a fresh approach to sound and life by a legendary singer/songwriter who is continually turning the stone over. One cannot always change what happens to us in life, but can still discover what grounds us and what connects us to the natural world and those who remain in it.
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