I am a singer/songwriter who embraces the genre of blues, jazz and rock music. I started playing guitar and singing at open mic sessions in the early 90’s. I've released three recordings to date: “Live at the Tic Toc” (1997), “Girls Night Out” (2002) and “Blonde and Blue” (2007). They contain several original compositions as well as some covers, in styles ranging from blues to folk to jazz.
A strong influence on my style came from the writing, singing and playing of Bonnie Raitt. Some of my other female heroes are Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Debbie Davies. I formed my first band, The Patty Tuite Band, in 1999, which played throughout the Southern New England region, gaining fans at clubs, functions, and summer concert festivals.
The band competed in the finals of the Connecticut Blues Society (CTBS) “Blues Challenge” in 2001 and 2005. Due to our showing at the CTBS statewide competitions, two originals have been included on the CTBS compilation CDs, “Local Flavor” (2003) and “Blue State Blues” (2007). In 2007, I was a judge for the CT Blues Challenge.
In addition to playing blues from 2007-2017 with two bands, the Boilermakers and the Percolators, I also branched out into jazz and played with the band Blue Steam in 2012. I have played in a children's group since 2004 called the Kidsville Kuckoo Revue, led by Bruce John. It is fun and gratifying to play as Potato Farmer Patty, we all join the children in singing and dancing and the kids are always interested in trying out my washboard in the shape of a tie!!
More recently I formed the Patty Tuite Group which features "Wild" Bill Furey on Guitar, Mark Annulli on electric and stand-up bass and vocals, Judi Thompkins on Drums and Percussion, with myself on guitars and vocals. We do quite a mix of original material and mix up rock favorites, jazz, blues at our performances. We recently completed a studio performance of original material on the Northeast CT Musicians Collaborative which has been aired on Spectrum TV, channel 192. My website, Pattytuite.com, has pictures and video of various performances for your enjoyment. Hope to see you at a show soon!