Descended from a long line of Irish American singers and taletellers, Patty Larkin's mother was a painter and both her sisters musicians. She learned at a young age to appreciate the beauty and magic of the arts. An English major, she sang throughout her high school and college career, starting out in coffeehouses in Oregon and San Francisco. Upon graduation, 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.
Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments.” Rolling Stone praises her “evocative sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).
Patty 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.
In 2010 she released "25", a collection of 25 love songs in celebration of 25 years in the recording industry, reworking 25 of her favorite songs in an acoustic, “unplugged” release, and joined by many friends along the way.
A follow up to her critically acclaimed "Watch the Sky" (Critics Choice-NY Times, Brilliant-Billboard), “25” is a one of a kind project that is at once intimate and universal, the voice of a generation of songwriters, simple and direct, yet the touchstone of one woman’s song. Over her 25 year career, Patty Larkin has worked with some of the brightest stars in American music, honing a reputation as a “musician’s musician” along the way. On “25” Patty is joined by friends and cohorts, troubadours, renegades, humorists, folk philosophers, dreamers, realists, poets, bards. People who defined a generation of music that wove inside and outside of the box, and sprang from a grassroots love of song, pouring onto the airwaves in an organic, trickle down of musical styles.
Opener: GS Picard - Too folk for the rock purists, too rock for the folk purists...in short, the best of both worlds!