Long-time friends perform at River Garden


BRATTLEBORO >> On Sept. 22 starting at noon, as part of the Strolling of the Heifers' Brown Bag Concert Series, Patty Carpenter and Verandah Porche will perform all new original songs.

The two women have been life-long friends and collaborators and the new songs represent some of their work together since the 2010 release of "Come Over." They will be joined by Wheeler Laird on guitar and Jeremy Gold on violin.

The two women hope to get feedback on the songs which they plan on recording this winter.

"In the late 60s, we landed in the sticks a stone's throw from each other," said Porche. "Dreams, troubles, changes, crops, communards, kids and lovers: music and language saw us through our duet of abundance and loss. We took a guitar, the kids, and a pencil with an eraser down to the river. We've carved these songs out of our long friendship. As traveling artists, musician and poet, we have played the hinterlands, listened to stories and savored cadences. Finally, we took the time to write and hone this work. Our songs are deeply collaborative: some of the best music comes from Verandah and the strongest words, from Patty, except when it's the other way around."

Carpenter sings with a number of local bands around New England as well as in New York City. These include Patty and the Cakes, The Patty Carpenter Jazz Band and the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band, a Brooklyn-based collective with four family members that has a compelling Jazz/Americana/Soul/Folk sound. Carpenter studied jazz at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with the great Archie Shepp and Max Roach, and was heavily influenced by many great women artists from Joan Baez and Roseanne Cash to Billie Holiday and Carmen McCrae.

Porche has published "Sudden Eden," "The Body's Symmetry" and "Glancing Off," and has pursued an alternative literary career, creating collaborative writing projects in nontraditional settings. The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit in 1998, and its first Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education in 2015, and Marlboro College, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012. Shedding Light on the Working Forest, a collaboration with visual artist Kathleen Kolb, is currently showing around New England.

Carpenter and Porche were featured in "Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie."

Wheeler Laird is a Texas born guitar player and long time resident of Brooklyn. Guilford resident, Jeremy Gold studied at Julliard and has played with the Highwaymen, the Unknown Blues Band and many other musical groups.


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