Start Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Bain Marie - Hub Bar
Venue Address: 189 High street, Northcote 3070
Beth Patterson, from New Orleans, is a dynamic, multi instrumentalist who plays the bouzouki. Combining traditional Irish, Celtic and folk ballads with Cajun, world-beat and progressive rock influences, her own creative songwriting and a unique sense of humor, Patterson’s wit, charm, and beauty are as memorable as her powerful music.
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, New Orleans-based Beth Pattersongathers musical influences like she’s cooking up a simmering pot of particularlyspicy gumbo to share with her audiences.Her travels to Ireland and her ethnomusicology studies at UniversityCollege Cork, sharpened her palette for music from all over, and listeners cannow feast on the sonic flavors of Celtic, West African, Indian, Balkan, andIndonesian music, with a dash of her youthful progressive rock leanings here andthere.
Beth began her musical career as a classicaloboist and Cajun bass player in her early teens, but theIrish bouzoukis, eight- and ten-stringed adaptations of the traditional Greekinstrument, are her true weapons of choice. Audiences practically have to duckfrom sparks when the strumming gets fierce, and barrooms have been known to fallsilent as listeners squint for the extra hands you’ll swear she uses to conjureher dynamic melodies.Like all spells,her enchantments take many forms.Alongwith the mythic, elemental imagery that courses through her own songwriting,Patterson might sing a haunting traditional ballad, or rope you in with araunchy number, adding her own jokes with a sense of humor that makes even NewOrleans bartenders blush.She’s workedthis magic in over a dozen countries to date.
“Patterson has a voice thatis simultaneously sharp, pure enough to cut glass, and inviting and sensuous asfire… Her songs are lyrical quilts, woven of the words and emotions that oftenrest just one layer beyond the surface of life. Patterson’s music is solid inevery way — instrumentally, vocally, lyrically- and has an entrancing qualitythat brings the listener in to hear one well-crafted story afteranother.” — Where Y’at Magazine
Alcohol served to 18+