Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Celtic/mainstream pop/Cajun hybrid
Most recent release, On Better Paths (2009)
If I could think of somebody else who can create and sing hybrid Celtic-Cajun songs, I might be able to find an apt comparison. Perhaps if Stevie Nicks sang Celtic music this is what she'd sound like. But there's nobody under the sun like Beth Patterson. Patterson has overwhelming talent, and it shows in her two CDs, Hybrid Vigor and Take Some Fire. It's not just the mix of genres that makes Patterson's CDs so compelling, but the exotic, melodic, sultry, forceful, slightly edgy and certainly mysterious quality of her voice combined with a refreshingly unique and original lyrics that make you want to listen to these CDs over and over again. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When you put on a Beth Patterson CD, you're in for a genuine treat. For one thing, you've never heard anybody like her before—such originality and creativity is what music lovers lust for. Hearing her brand of Celtic-Cajun-Hybrid-Pop is like being introduced to chocolate-covered strawberries—whoever invented that combination made the lives of millions of people better.
Comments about live performance:
High energy isn't quite sufficient as a description. Neither is melodic, vibrant, dazzling, though her performances are all those things. The best way to put it is if you have a chance to see Beth Patterson perform live, do it! You'll see the bouzouki in the hands of a master. Getting a chance to see Beth Patterson perform might be a good excuse to take a trip to New Orleans: Beth Patterson's local stomping ground is O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub in that historic city. (email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
There are two paths you can take when trying to figure out which Beth Patterson CD to buy. You can purchase one of her solo CDs (the most recent, Take Some Fire is arguably not only Beth Patterson's best, but one of the best pop, Celtic or hybrid CDs of the year). Both Hybrid Vigor and Take Some Fire are enthralling mixes of Celtic and Cajun music (with other stuff thrown in.)
1999—Little Blue Men Records, 504-469-5322
Recommended if you like, or think you might like, Celtic-Cajun music. Or just like good music period.
Beth Patterson—lead and harmony vocals, bouzouki, mandolin, bass guitar, bombo, caixixi, ashiko, zills, rhumba box, whip, handclaps
This CD was recorded in River Ridge, Louisiana and Ventry, Ireland.
Beth Patterson—lead and backing vocals, 8 and 10 string Irish bouzoukis, slap bouzouki, charrango, bombo, ashiko, oboe, rhumba box, windchimes, song pod, zills, whip shakers, doumbek, bass, cymbals
Makgathi Mokwena, Ron Keller, Tony Serio, Errol di Bona, Justin Murphy, Peter Holsapple
What a triumph this CD is. One of the defining criteria for Ectophiles is that we like musicians who can touch all our senses with their music—and that's what Beth Patterson does on Take Some Fire.
Thanks to Bill Adler for work on this entry.
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