Green Festival Speakers

Folk Goddess Diane Patterson


Diane Patterson writes, sings, and carries her Funky Earth Ballads and Sacred Songs for the Peaceful Revolution with grit and grace. On acoustic guitar and ukulele, hand drum and voice, Patterson weaves spirit and unifying social commentary around the world, on festival stages and in concert venues, in the streets of Europe and the Farmers' Markets of Northern California. People say her voice reminds them of Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morisette, and Ani DiFranco. Diane currently lives in Big Sur, CA. This past summer Diane created 'Grandma Tour,' in which she traveled California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Oregon, visiting her own music and wisdom elders and attending two indigenous elders' gatherings, including that of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Patterson released a live CD in 1995 with the Diane Patterson Sextet, followed in 2005 by a fantastic folk album called Hip the Hip, available from her Web site (www.dianepatterson.net) and via iTunes and CDBaby. She's currently working on two albums of her newer work, one with Sony movie music maker pro Carl Kaller, and another with Motown engineer Jane Clark.