Wardsboro Curtain Call features Patty Carpenter and Verandah Porche

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WARDSBORO — Wardsboro Curtain Call presents Patty Carpenter and special guest Verandah Porche at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Wardsboro Town Hall. They will be performing old favorites and 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 their CD, "Come Over." They write about their work together:

"In the late '60s, we landed in the sticks a stone's throw from each other. 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 (DFJB), a Brooklyn-based collective with four family members that has a compelling Jazz/Americana/Soul/Folk sound. Patty 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" (Verdant Books), "The Body's Symmetry" (Harper and Row) and "Glancing Off" (See Through Books), 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."

Reviewing the Come Over album several years ago, Jon Potter wrote in the Reformer: "Come Over is a CD on which all the pieces fit; one whose diverse songs tell an engaging, coherent story. It's a seasoned, soulful work with depth and real feeling to go with strong chops. It is emotionally rich without being contrived; grown up and serious but still with time to dream and dance."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is $10 at the door; BYOB. For more information, email kwkmdavis@yahoo.com or call 802-896-6810.

The final show in WCC's 2019 music series is on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., featuring Rockabilly Hall-of-Famer, Marty Wendell.

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