Reservations required! Please call (603) 526-6899 to reserve your tickets. 8:00pm show with the room opening at 6:00pm for those interested in pre-show dinner seating. Seating is assigned by order of reservation and typically with smaller parties seated together.
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics.
A New York Times “Critics Choice,” Patty is a performing songwriter with 13 recordings and 30 years of touring to her credit. Her live shows continue to wow audiences with her imaginative wit, writing and guitar artistry. She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).
On her new project, Song Poems, slated for release in 2018, Larkin reflects:
I have been energized by the poets, writers and artists I have met while teaching, and find myself on a journey to break down some of the predictable pathways that songs can travel. I have begun my writing days by reading the work of my favorite poets. I sit in hotel rooms, in my studio, at my kitchen table and recite the lines out loud. I look at poetry the way I look at nature. It feeds my imagination like water. Over time, my morning ritual evolved into the desire to sing some of my favorite poems. By singing the words, I have been able to follow the poet’s mind where I would never have traveled alone. As a songwriter, the song form, the frame, can be restrictive. My task in songwriting has been to find the freedom within the form. To push the sides out and stretch it. But to set someone else’s words to music is to be freed from songwriting form, freed from the necessity of rhyming lines, making choruses or building bridges. Poems can do all of that, of course, but it happens in a different way. Lines in poems can stretch musically into another measure, or can appear as a wisp of melody that overlaps in the background. In short: anything is possible, and so, after writing songs since age 11, I sit in my studio with a “beginner’s mind.” Rhythm, cadence, song form, style, all of the elements of songwriting become more malleable when I set a poem to music.
Song Poems, a collection of poems I have spontaneously, organically set to song. The process has inspired me in my own songwriting, and has reignited my love for the sound of words. The act of making music from poetry has been a very joyful one. And what a beautiful thing it is to make a joyful noise.