Arts Council of Tamworth is thrilled to present, on Saturday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, NH, beloved singer/songwriter Patty Larkin performing solo with an array of unusual instruments and her unforgettable voice. Critics have been falling over their feet to praise her. Now you have an opportunity to see her live in the intimate setting of the Barnstormers Theatre—almost like having her in your living room.
“Wild perfection,” raves The Boston Globe. “An uncommonly articulate guitarist, she has evolved into one of the finest self-accompanists anywhere in popular music.” New York Times calls her mature work “comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.” Performing Songwriter doesn’t stop there: “Imagine a drop dead brilliant guitar player, a richly textural singer, a commanding, poetic songwriter, a hilarious and personable entertainer. Now imagine these all in one person. There you have Larkin.”
The accomplished and innovative Larkin has eleven solo recordings to her credit, including the recent Watch the Sky, named one of the top ten albums of the year by both the Times and the Globe. Her work is intimate and moving, growing out of a lifetime devoted to writing and music. Descended from a long line of Irish American singers and taletellers, she learned at a young age to appreciate the beauty and magic of the arts. She began classical piano studies at age seven, taught herself to play the guitar and experimented with songwriting from a young age. When she graduate college, she moved to Boston and devoted herself to music, playing on the streets of Cambridge and studying jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music and with Boston Area jazz guitarists. “I wanted to learn as much as I could about the instrument, how to read for it, how to play anything,” Larkin says. “I realized the enormity of the task, and somehow gave myself permission to climb the mountain. I’m still learning.”
Speaking of her creative process, Larkin says, “When I write and record I want to get to the place that Brenda Ueland talks about in If You Want to Write. She says the creative state is similar to that of a child sitting on a floor playing with beads: fully engrossed, no time, fully present.” Arts Council of Tamworth invites you to step out of your busy lives into the timeless space art and music offer us with the perfect companion, Patty Larkin, on October 24.
More video here and listen to Patty Larkin on MySpace here. Hallelujah! You can also hear an interview with Robin Young on Here and Now here, and hear Larkin speak and play on NPR's World Café (with a ghost story, looking toward Halloween) here.
This concert is made possible through the generous support of sponsors BEAM Construction, Settlers’ Green OVP, and The Tamworth Inn, co-sponsors Clyde B. Foss Agency, Gilman Tavern Inn, E. M. Heath, and The Other Store, and media sponsors 93.5 WMWV and Magic 104FM and The Conway Daily Sun.
Tickets for this not-to-miss performance are available below, at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 603-323-8104. Tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for students 13 to 18 and college students with a valid ID. New this year, as part of ACT’s goal of making the arts more accessible to families and children, kids 12 and under are free. A ticket reservation is still necessary, however, in order to guarantee a seat.
Ticket info here.
ACT’s performance season continues on Saturday, November 21, with the Two Man Gentlemen Band, blending comedy, hot jazz, vintage rhythm & blues, old-time country and Tin Pan Alley to entertain like proper old vaudevillians. Local bluegrass band Sweet Life Review will open and a cash bar will be available.