PATRICK FITZSIMMONS RETURNS TO SPARTA
The Sparta Summer Concert Series kicks off the 2016 season and the July 4th weekend with the return of local favorite singer/songwriter Fitz and Friends! Patrick Fitzsimmons will perform with a group of amazing musicians joining him at this great outdoor concert locale. John Skehan III of Railroad Earth on mandolin, Geoff Doubleday on electric guitar, Ned Stroh on drums, Johnny Grubb on bass and Tom Askin on piano.
Patrick has recently released "Hope Is", his sixth CD and first on Malletts Bay Records. The title is directly inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem, "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers" but the album's emotional content is grounded in powerful real life events. Fitzsimmons started working on the songs for "Hope Is" back in the winter of 2011. Creatively blocked, he forced himself to write a song per day for a week via Skype for his west-coast girlfriend, calling them “Skype Dates”. The songs found their way to the album. The buoyant drive of the album marks a compositional breakthrough for the critically acclaimed songwriter who has been called “one of the most captivating songwriters around today” by Relix Magazine. John Platt of WFUV radio said, "Patrick has such a melodic gift and crystal clear voice...a singer-songwriter of the first rank".
Patrick has shared the stage with some of the acoustic music scene's biggest names including Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams, Roger McGuinn, Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert. Fitzsimmons continues to tour throughout the northeast building his large and loyal following with soulful, captivating performances.
As a young boy, Patrick loved the singer-songwriters of the ’70’s, drawn to the works of such artists as Cat Stevens, Paul Simon & James Taylor. Though his first instrument was the drums, he eventually came full circle to follow the path of his childhood heroes. In high school in Sparta, New Jersey, he and two classmates formed a band that would ultimately become From Good Homes, a folk/rock band signed to RCA Records in the mid ‘90’s. FGH recorded three CDs with RCA and toured the country, sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Dave Mathews Band, Joan Osborne and many others. In 1999 the band broke up and Patrick moved to Vermont and began his solo career.
Opening the show on Friday July 1st is the Sparta based group “The Goods” featuring Katlyn Lucio.
The Summer Concerts are sponsored by the township, local businesses and of course the music fans. They are FREE to the public. Bring family and friends, lawn chairs and a picnic. The show begins at 7PM at The Nicholson Pavilion, Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Road, Sparta. Rain location is next door at The Mohawk Avenue School. Please see www.spartaarts.org for more information on the series, for updates or to become a sponsor.