On her recent studio albums, Patty Larkin has experimented with elaborate chamber-folk arrangements that wrap her songs in thick, moody harmonies. On her new album, "A Gogo: Live on Tour," she revisits those same songs in solo live performance, stripping the arrangements down to one voice and one acoustic guitar. It works because the songs are so good (especially the 13 selected here as a sort of greatest-hits collection) and because Larkin is a real musician and not just some coffeehouse lyricist and guitar-strummer.
The 13 songs are taken from her four 1991-97 albums on High Street (nothing from her three earlier albums on Philo) and were recorded at venues in 10 different cities. "Do Not Disturb" spills out its word-drunk satire of modern hipsters with even more vigor in this live version taped at the Birchmere. "Mary Magdalene" is a slower, quieter, first-person memoir from the Biblical figure, and it acquires a new intimacy in this version taped at the Rams Head Tavern.
Appearing with Katryna & Nerissa Nields Thursday at the Rams Head Tavern and Nov. 5 at the Birchmere.
To hear a free Sound Bite from Patty Larkin, call Post-Haste at 202/334-9000 and press 8103. (Prince William residents, call 690-4110.)