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ACT! presents Patty Larkin in concert Oct. 24

Singer/songwriter onstage at The Barnstormers

Singer/songwriter Patti Larkin will perform on stage at the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth on Saturday, Oct. 24. (click for larger version)
October 15, 2009
Critics have been falling over their feet to praise her — now you have an opportunity to see her live in the intimate setting of the Barnstormers Theatre — almost like having her in your living room.

"Wild perfection," raves The Boston Globe. "An uncommonly articulate guitarist, she has evolved into one of the finest self-accompanists anywhere in popular music." New York Times calls her mature work "comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams." Performing songwriter doesn't stop there: "Imagine a drop dead brilliant guitar player, a richly textural singer, a commanding, poetic songwriter, a hilarious and personable entertainer. Now imagine these all in one person. There you have Larkin."

The accomplished and innovative Larkin has 11 solo recordings to her credit, including the recent Watch the Sky, named one of the top 10 albums of the year by both the Times and the Globe. Her work is intimate and moving, growing out of a lifetime devoted to writing and music.

Descended from a long line of Irish American singers and tale-tellers, she learned at a young age to appreciate the beauty and magic of the arts. She began classical piano studies at age seven, taught herself to play the guitar and experimented with songwriting from a young age. When she graduated college, she moved to Boston and devoted herself to music, playing on the streets of Cambridge and studying jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music and with Boston area jazz guitarists.

"I wanted to learn as much as I could about the instrument, how to read for it, how to play anything," Larkin says. "I realized the enormity of the task, and somehow gave myself permission to climb the mountain. I'm still learning."

Tickets for the performance are available online at www.artstamworth. org, at The Other Store in Tamworth Village, or by calling 323-8104. Tickets are $25 for adults and $14 for students 13 to 18 and college students with a valid ID. New this year, as part of ACT's goal of making the arts more accessible to families and children, kids 12 and under are free. A ticket reservation is still necessary, however, in order to guarantee a seat.

ACT's performance season continues on Saturday, Nov. 21, with the Two Man Gentlemen Band, blending comedy, hot jazz, vintage rhythm and blues, old-time country and Tin Pan Alley to entertain like proper old vaudevillians. Local bluegrass band Sweet Life Review will open and a cash bar will be available.

You can find more information, including photos and video, about all of ACT's upcoming shows at www.artstamworth.org. You can also find out about children's workshops and other ACT events, and hear about other great happenings in the local art world.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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