Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Concert You Shouldn't Miss: Beth Patterson on Thursday

Thursday, November 18th

Beth Patterson was born in a swamp. Okay, more accurately, she was born in a hospital near a swamp, but that’s close enough to romanticize the origin of this Lafayette, Louisiana native. Described by viewers as "a cross between a cobra and a puppy," multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is foremost a player of the eight and ten-stringed Irish bouzoukis. 

Known for her razor wit and musical versatility, her performances are chock-full of drive, savage energy, and passion, laced with humor and rapport with her listeners, dishing out an eclectic repertoire of original and traditional songs. She integrates her quirky, progressive sound with Celtic music and other ethnic styles, resulting in her own sound she dubs SWAP (Songwriter/World/Acoustic/Progressive).

This musical mongrel began her career in her early teens as a classical oboist and a Cajun bass player but not truly belonging to any of these, set out to create her own niche when she was adopted by a stray bouzouki. After moving to New Orleans, she began to play the circuit, initially intending to do the folksy thing, but accepted gigs of all types left and right because no one told her that they shouldn't be played on the bouzouki. Beth later fled to Ireland, studying ethnomusicology at University College Cork, where she explored the music of Ireland, West Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Caribbean, and began to experiment with fusions of these world gems with her musical old flames. This finally rendered her with the mind of a prog rocker and the heart of a world music-lover. Beth managed to receive a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Loyola University, New Orleans. She has released four CDs and has received widespread airplay in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. She has appeared on over ninety recordings (including the soundtrack to the motion picture The One-Eyed King, starring William Baldwin and Armand Assante, and the nationally-charting Change of Habit by her former band The Poor Clares). She’s performed in eleven countries. Over sixty of her original compositions have been recorded, either by herself or by various artists across the US, France, Ireland, and New Zealand. But she claims that she won’t be satisfied until she can start her own "Bethodist" religion (a fellowship that one can join by purchasing one of her CDs.

Baldwin's Station
7618 Main Stree
Sykesville, MD 21784
"Best New Restaurant 1998" – Baltimore Magazine
"Best Acoustic-Music Venue 2000" – Baltimore City Paper

Tickets $17.00 — Showtime: 8:00 pm

And a PS. Beth will be performing on November 21 and 22 and at The Irish Pub on Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV in case you miss her at Baldwin's Station...or just want to see her perform again.

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