Patty Larkin will present a concert at the Smith Opera House in Geneva at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, as part of the theatre's 2003-04 “Wild Women of the World Music Series.” Cost is $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Originally hailed for her acoustic guitar wizardry and blazing wit, veteran folk-pop artist Patty Larkin has evolved into a widely respected musical troubadour. A stunning guitarist, whose mature work is comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams, Larkin sings in a smoky, slightly weather-beaten voice that resonates with a plucky resignation and humor that allows her literary lyrics to make themselves felt.
Armed with her two acoustic Olsen Guitars (her 1946 Martin D-18 now resides at her home studio) her Fender Stratocaster and octave mandolin, she makes year-round, tour stops nationwide. The Milwaukee-born and Cape Cod-based singer-songwriter's new (and 10th) release is “Red=Luck,” a remarkable 14-song collection showcasing a world where ancient strains of modal folk meet brooding ambient noise; where Middle Eastern scales collide with R&B; where joyous pop and personal reflection, playful eroticism and naked soul-searching entwine. Larkin wrote most of its material in dual 30-day marathons before and after September 11, 2001.
Larkin's exquisitely inventive guitar work, literate and passionate lyrics and soaring, captivating arrangements defy all existing folk music expectations and combined with the historic Geneva landmark's superb acoustics, makes for a riveting live performance.
Tickets for Patty Larkin are available at the Smith box office, Area Records and Music, Lyons National Bank, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore, and WomanMade Products or by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483).
The “Wild Women of the World Music Series” is sponsored by WomanMade Products, WEOS FM 89.7 and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional concerts in the series include Rachael Sage on Dec. 5, Zoe Lewis on Jan. 31, The Wyrd Sisters on March 12 and Brazil's Iabas on March 27.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.