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The Flagpole Radio Café

   is a lively variety show presented by Flagpole Productions
in association with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

Flagpole Radio Café  Press Release


November 16, 2011





Newtown, CT - the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that celebrated singer songwriter Patty Larkin will be the guest artist for the December 3 presentation of The Flagpole Radio Café.  Tickets are now on sale at . The show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, CT.  Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens.  If further information is needed, please contact us at .

            Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk and pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer-songwriter explosion of the seventies.  A self described “guitar driven songwriter,” Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry and imaginative lyrics.  Her songs reflect a lyrical spectrum that comprises a rich diversity from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

            Patty Larkin grew up in a musical and artistic family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Descended from a long line of Irish American singers and taletellers, her mother was a painter, her sisters both musicians.  She learned at a young age to appreciate the beauty and magic of the arts.  She began classical piano studies at age 7, and became swept up in the sounds of pop and folk music in the 1960s, teaching herself the guitar and experimenting with songwriting.  An English major, Larkin sang throughout her high school and college career, starting out in coffeehouses in Oregon and San Francisco.  Upon graduation, she moved to Boston and devoted herself to music, busking on the streets of Cambridge and studying jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music and with Boston area jazz guitarists.

            In 2010 Patty Larkin released a collection of 25 love songs in celebration of 25 years in the recording industry appropriately titled 25.  Here Patty has reworked 25 of her favorite songs in an acoustic, “unplugged” release, joined by friends along the way.  Guest artists include Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Bruce Cockburn, Mary Chapin Carpenter and others.  25 is the unplugged version of classic Patty Larkin love songs, created with a dream team of some of acoustic music's heroes.  A collectible collection for fans and critics alike, 25 is an eloquent marker for an illustrious career.

            Patty Larkin has been redefining the boundaries of folk-urban pop music for decades with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and subtle sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).

            Producer Martin Blanco remarked, “Our last three shows have been impacted by extraordinary weather.  We are looking forward to having our next show impacted by an extraordinary artist.  Whether through her singing, original music, distinctive guitar playing, or her entire performance persona, you are certain to be captivated by Patty Larkin.”

            Now beginning its fourth season, The Flagpole Radio Café, is an engaging show created by Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.  It features music by Jim Allyn and the Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.  . Each show features a musical guest artist such as Tom Chapin, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Christine Lavin, Roger Ball of The Average White Band, Vanesse Thomas and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.