LIVE: Patty Larkin & Lucy Kaplansky @ the Eighth Step, 10/2/09

October 5th, 2009, 3:45 pm by Greg

Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin

Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin

It was quite the double-bill at the Eighth Step at Proctors’ GE Theatre on Friday night.

Certainly Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky are both headliners in their own right. Put them together on the same show, and you’ve got your own little mini folk fest.

Both performers delivered fine solo sets in Schenectady on Friday evening. But you know what happens when you get two singer-songwriters together on stage, don’t you? That’s right – they head straight for the Rolling Stones songbook. In this case, a duet on “Ruby Tuesday.”

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky

Patty Larkin and Lucy Kaplansky


Patty Larkin, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

September 30th, 2009, 11:19 am by Greg

PattyLarkin“I think the first record that I bought was a 45 of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ with ‘Yellow Submarine’ on the other side.

Album-wise, I think it was probably Joni Mitchell. Music sort of filtered in and out of the house – and I listened at friends’ houses – but she was probably the first person that I got turned onto and felt that she had a whole new slant on this whole songwriting business that was both decidedly female and very musical. She had a sense of humor, and the music was very interesting.

I had probably already bought some Simon and Garfunkel albums or something. You know, we’re talking the ’60s here. So I was already writing songs at the time, but they were more like angst-ridden songs by an adolescent who had no life experience, but wanted to write as though I did.

When I heard Joni Mitchell, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s what I want to do. That’s very cool.’ ”

Patty Larkin teams up with Lucy Kaplansky for a singer-songwriter double-bill at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady. The performance begins at 7:30pm on Friday, October 2 in Proctors’ GE Theatre.

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