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Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin

The ever-incandescent Patty Larkin celebrated life’s quirks and the guitar’s mysteries last night during her performance to a packed house at Wellfleet’s First Congregational Church. Larkin was at her best: one-quarter wryly observant stand-up comic, three-quarters extraordinary balladeer. She coaxed enough sound out of her voice as well as acoustic and electric guitars to fill that old church with an ocean of music.

The crowd – mostly aging Boomers – cheered Larkin’s renditions of some of her best songs. These included Bound Brook, Dear Heart, Beg to Differ, Might as Well Dance, Wolf at the Door, Italian Shoes, and Tango.  My only complaint? Sometimes, Larkin’s vocals were so breathy that her lyrics got lost. And that’s a shame, since she has so much to say.

And “say” she did. Larkin, who lives in Wellfleet, griped about a few of the more annoying aspects of Outer Cape life in August: the bugs (She compared a recent berry-picking outing with her kids to a scene from The African Queen), the humidity (It must be bad for you, and  she worries about what it does to her hair…), and the inability to make a left turn.  The last drew loud appreciation, so Larkin continued her riff, finally inviting listeners to join her in an Outer Cape confab. She proposed the inauguration of the Off-Season Left-Turn Club. Who wouldn’t want to join her? Of course, if everybody signed up, no one would ever make a left turn off Rte. 6 again.

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