Singer-Songwriter Patty Larkin to
Perform at Hope College on April 18
Posted April 3, 2002
HOLLAND -- Folk music meets beat generation meets
rock and roll. That is how Patty Larkin describes her hard-
to-categorize style of music. It is that unique blend that
has created such a strong following for Larkin since her
first recording in 1987.
Eight albums later, Larkin has established herself
as an innovator and consummate live performer.
Patty Larkin comes to Hope College on Thursday,
April 18, at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.
"Imagine a drop-dead brilliant guitar player, a
richly textual singer, a commanding poetic songwriter, a
hilarious and personable entertainer. There you have Patty
Larkin," said "Performing Songwriter" magazine.
Larkin's latest release on Vanguard Records,
"Regrooving the Dream," draws on the varied traditions of
Celtic, blues, samba, Middle Eastern, country, and rhythm
and blues. Her work will likely continue to earn her
acclaim, and she already has won an unprecedented 11 Boston
Music Awards. Boston's mayor even proclaimed a "Patty
Larkin Appreciation Day."
The "New York Times" has called Larkin "a superb
slide guitarist," while the "Chicago Tribune said "Patty
Larkin is one of the most gifted performers in music today."
Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Larkin headed to college
in Oregon before moving to Boston, where she graduated from
the Berklee School of Music. She began playing in subways
and on the streets, joined a succession of bands, and
finally decided to pursue a solo career in the 1980s.
Her 1997 album, "Perishable Fruit," is often named
one of the best recordings of the 1990s, and gained wide
critical praise for its innovative structure. Recorded
without any drums, only stringed instruments, the recording
created new ways of incorporating percussion sounds into
Her music attracts a wide range of fans. She has
collaborated with Bruce Cockburn, each performing on one
another's recordings, and Cher covered one of Larkin's tunes
for her recent album. She has sung the National Anthem at
Fenway Park, and her songs appear on several movie
Appearances on VH-1, all the major morning
television shows, and even "CBS News Nightwatch" have
brought her music to a constantly widening group of fans.
More information on Larkin may be obtained by visiting her
Web site at www.pattylarkin.com.
Tickets for the show go on sale on Monday, April
8, and will cost $10 for the general public and $5 for Hope
College students. Tickets will be sold at the theatre lobby
ticket office in the DeWitt Center, which is open Monday
through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from
noon to 5 p.m., and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
Plus, Hope College does not want the music to end
with Larkin's concert. Immediately following the concert,
the Hope College Jazz Ensembles and Anchor Band will be in
concert at 84 East Restaurant, located next to the
Knickerbocker Theatre. The two ensembles are giving a free
concert beginning at 10 p.m., featuring the music of jazz
greats such as Charles Mingus, James Miley and Dizzy