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Patty Larkin and Darryl Purpose to perform at Next Stage Arts

Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. — PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriters Patty Larkin and Darryl Purpose at Next Stage on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Patty Larkin is a visionary of sound and wonder, a real deal version of artistry made of equal parts guitar wizardry, vocals shot through with soul, and inventive lyrics that ripple across the terrain of the heart.Described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly), and “drop-dead brilliant” (Performing Songwriter), Patty has captured audiences for over 30 years with an imagination, enchantment, and technical artistry that has redefined the boundaries of the guitar driven singer/songwriter.

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                        Patty Larkin

With 11 Boston Music Awards, 14 albums, and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music to her credit, Patty’s recent projects include putting poems from ten notable poets to song for her “Bird in a Cage” album, gathering 25 friends, including Rosanne Cash, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Janis Ian, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Greg Brown to perform on her retrospective album “25,” and producing the groundbreaking album “La Guitara,” a compilation of women guitarists actively changing preconceptions about gender and guitar heroes. Patty’s songs have been covered by artists from Cher and Holly Cole, and have been featured in television and films.

As a teenager, Darryl Purpose hitchhiked from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, where he began a legendary career as a professional blackjack player (he was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2010). In 1986, he walked from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. for peace, on the peace march for global nuclear disarmament. He began playing music on marches, including one in the former Soviet Union, and performed in the first ever outdoor stadium concert in the history of Russia, produced by Bill Graham, featuring Santana, James Taylor, and Bonnie Raitt.  Since then, he has released eight albums of original music that feature his narrative lyrics and fingerstyle guitar. The last two, “Still The Birds” and “Next Time Around,” spent weeks at #1 for AirPlay on Roots Music Report.

Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney.  Tickets are $22 advance / $25 at the door/ $5 virtual. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at Next Stage will provide a beer, wine, and cocktail cash bar.

Next Stage serves southeastern Vermont as a regional cultural hub, arts producer, and instigator of meaningful cultural experiences. Founded in 2010 as a nonprofit organization, Next Stage Arts is a transformative, community-centered project dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through excellence in arts programming valuing diversity as a springboard for nurturing community.

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