Coming to Putney's Next Stage: CD Release Concert With Singer, Songwriter Patty Larkin

PRESS RELEASE
PUTNEY, VERMONT - Next Stage Arts Project presents Patty Larkin in a special CD release concert at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Patty Larkin is a true phenomenon among singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. She redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics.

The New York Times describes her as “A virtuoso guitar player and mood-shaper...She is also a superb slide guitarist whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Rait and Lucinda Williams.” “Riveting” says the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic”, Entertainment Weekly and a “drop dead brilliant performer”, Performing Songwriter.

Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self-described “guitar-driven songwriter”, Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

On her new project, Song Poems, Larkin reflects:

"I have been energized by the poets, writers and artists I have met while teaching, and find myself on a journey to break down some of the predictable pathways that songs can travel. I have begun my writing days by reading the work of my favorite poets.
"I sit in hotel rooms, in my studio, at my kitchen table and recite the lines out loud. I look at poetry the way I look at nature. It feeds my imagination like water. Over time, my morning ritual evolved into the desire to sing some of my favorite poems."

Song Poems, a collection of poems I have spontaneously, organically set to song. The process has inspired me in my own songwriting, and has reignited my love for the sound of words. The act of making music from poetry has been a very joyful one. And what a beautiful thing it is to make a joyful noise.

Tickets are $22 in advance $25 at the door, available online, through the Next Stage website (www.nextstagearts.org) or at the Putney Coop or Turn It Up in Brattleboro 3 weeks before the show. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT, and features a newly-renovated, accessible performance space.

Information about upcoming events and other news is available at: www.nextstagearts.org