An artist whose music is not bound by genre, Larkin refers to her style as "folk music meets the beat generation meets rock `n roll." New York Times critic Stephen Holden called her work "comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt." She has travelled a varied musical journey, from studying music theory, to playing in a Celtic band, to the preeminent position as acoustic guitar wizard that she holds today.
Larkin is an all-round entertainer, able to juxtapose serious, socially aware perspectives with ironic and often comic material. With her striking voice and exquisite songcraft, her performances are not only highly melodic, but also theatrical. "I'm into the lyric, the contour of a song, how the lyrics affect people. I want the listener to experience the songs and make them their own, use their imagination and come along for the ride."
Playing about 150 shows a year, Larkin has been a guest on every major television network, including CNN's Showbiz Today, NBC's Today Show and CBS's This Morning. She has won nine Boston Music Awards (a record) and earned a Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Berklee College of Music.
With the release of Strangers World, her sixth album, Larkin appears destined to achieve an even higher level of critical acclaim. The album comes on the heels of her highly-praised Angels Running which landed Top 10 on Adult Album Alternative Radio. Strangers World is her most adventurous release yet. It is full of percussive rockers and richly textural ballads, and is peopled with an all-star lineup including guest vocalists Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, Jennifer Kimball and Jonatha Brooke (of The Story).
The Patsy Larkin concert is the final performance of the four-part Acoustic Coffeehouse fall series.