Cotuit Center for the Arts presents Patty Larkin Friday, August 31, at 7:30 PM.
Nationally renowned singer and multi-instrumentalist Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Rolling Stone praised her “evocative and sonic shading,” Performing Songwriter called her a “drop-dead brilliant” performer, Entertainment Weekly described her as “hypnotic,” and the Chicago Tribune called her “riveting,” “one of the most gifted performers in music today.”
Larkin recently released her 13th album, “Still Green,” which chronicles her search for relief, respite, and solace during a time of great personal loss. The album plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun, and sea traveling from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family and nature. Larkin wrote much of “Still Green” in a primitive dune shack on the Outer Banks of Cape Cod’s National Seashore.
Larkin released her first album in 1985, and in 2010, to celebrate her 25th year of recording, she released “25,” a retrospective of 25 love songs with 25 featured guests, including Grammy winners Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Janis Ian, and a veritable who’s-who of singer songwriters: Bruce Cockburn, Martin Sexton, Dar Williams, Greg Brown, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more, all artists whom Larkin admires and was inspired by.
Currently based in Boston and Cape Cod, Larkin was born in Des Moines, IA, and grew up in Milwaukee. Descended from a long line of Irish American singers and storytellers, she learned at a young age to appreciate the beauty and magic of the arts. She began classical piano lessons at 7 and was swept up in the sounds of pop and folk in the 1960s. She taught herself guitar and began writing songs in high school and was singing in coffeehouses in college in Oregon. After graduation, she moved to Boston, where she 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.
Larkin has performed on numerous compilations and her songs have been featured in films, including "Anyway The Main Thing Is" in Evolution (DreamWorks); "Good Thing" in Random Hearts (Columbia Pictures); and "Coming Up For Air" and "Tenderness on the Block" in Sliding Doors (Miramax). Cher recorded her song "Good Thing."
Patty Larkin received an Honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. She was honored by Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino with "Patty Larkin Appreciation Day" for her career in music and philanthropic contributions.
Tickets are $50, $40 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors. Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.
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Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Friday, August 31, 7:30 PM
$50, $40 for balcony seating. $5 discount for members, $2 discount for seniors