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Patty Larkin to Perform at the Clark February 20

For Immediate Release

February 04, 2004

Patty Larkin, winner of 11 Boston Music Awards, will perform at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on Friday, February 20, at 8 p.m. Larkin's 2003 CD Red=Luck has been hailed as "beautiful" by Vanity Fair and for its "evocative vocals, warm tunes, and subtle sonic shading" by Rolling Stone. Berkshire favorite Bernice Lewis will open for Larkin. Tickets are $20 ($18 for members) and are available at the Clark museum shop or by telephoning 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Born in Iowa and raised in Milwaukee, Larkin now lives on Cape Cod. She studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and, in 2002, received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from that institution, an honor she shares with such artists as Duke Ellington, Sting, and Natalie Cole. Other honors include a "Patty Larkin Appreciation Day" declared by Boston mayor Thomas Menino recently. Larkin is known for her skill on acoustic guitar. Her original songs have been featured in films, including Random Hearts and Evolution, and have been covered by such artists as Holly Cole and Cher.

Issued on Vanguard Records, Red=Luck is Larkin's 10th album and features songs such as "All That Innocence" and "24/7/365." The Washington Post called Red=Luck "an absorbing listening experience." A follow up to her critically acclaimed Regrooving the Dream, which made the New York Times's Top 10 list in 2000, Red=Luck blends Larkin's rocker influences with hints of Middle Eastern, Celtic, and R & B sounds.

Patty Larkin's appearance is part of the Clark's winter series "Songs and Stories." Upcoming performers will be Gordon Bok on March 13 and Richard Shindell on March 26. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries, currently featuring the special exhibition Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson, are open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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