Patty Larkin

Friday April 14, 2017
$30 public | $28 members

"Patty Larkin transmits electric magic." -- Boston Globe


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 Larkin’s new release Still Green , her 13th recording is co-produced with Mike Denneen (Aimee Mann, Howie Day). Still Green 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. Much of it written in a primitive dune shack on the Outer Banks of Cape Cod’s National Seashore, Still Green is a fresh approach to sound and life from a legendary songwriter who continues amaze.

Patty’s previous release, 25, celebrated a quarter century of music making with a 25 song career retrospective reworked with voice and guitar and 25 friends, among them 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 others.

Opening Artist:

Jennifer Kimball is a musician known for her unusual choice of notes, her passion for dissonance and her willingness to create harmony where none has been envisioned before. She began songwriting in earnest in 1995 after leaving her first band, the critically acclaimed duo, The Story. Her first solo record, Veering from the Wave, was released on Imaginary Road/PolyGram in 1998. Then in the early aughts she and her partner Ry Cavanaugh started a band called Maybe Baby; Duke Levine played electric guitar, Kimball ukelele and acoustic guitar, Cavanaugh baritone electric guitar and Billy Beard drums. The two shared songwriting duties and harmony singing and released one record What Matters (2003), recorded at Hi-n-Dry, Cambridge, MA. After the birth of their son (and deciding it was better to stay married than to have a band together), Cavanaugh started Session Americana; Kimball released Oh Hear Us (2006) and headed to Harvard’s Landscape Institute to pursue a degree in landscape design.

Jennifer has made multiple appearances at TCAN, most recently as bandleader of a holiday ensemble called Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony.