Ivory's, Boston, MA
Ivory's is an interactive piano show that demands a mastery of rock/pop music and showmanship. Patrick has met those demands consistently since his employment. I have been fortunate enough to work with Patrick both on and off stage and can personally vouch for his outstanding character as a professional and as a friend.
I have and will continue to strongly recommend Patrick for any entertainment production. He is hard working, versatile, and comitted to performance excellence.
Matt P. Mello
I feel privileged to write a reference letter for Patrick Durkin. My husband and I were married on June 27th, 2009 and we hired Patrick to play at our wedding. He played solo for the first hour during dinner, and then kicked off our party by playing as a dueling pianist for our entire reception.
For years, I was a customer of Jake Ivory's Piano Bar in Boston, a place where Patrick played for many years. My boyfriend (at the time) and I always said if we were to get married, our entertainment would consist of pianos only. No DJ or Band. And we were fortunate enough to find the amazing talent in Patrick Durkin who made our special day one that we will never forget. Our guests are still talking about it today!
On this day, I had specific songs I wanted to hear and they also took requests as well. Between my play list and songs my family and friends asked for, I'm pretty sure in the four hours they played, both pianists were unable to be stumped. Now that's what I call great entertainment! A dueling piano show is something most guests don't get to experience at a typical wedding. I know this because I am a professional wedding Videographer. I have personally filmed over 1000 weddings and I can actually say that I have never seen it done! Patrick made our day different than the average wedding and I have since recommended him to all of my future clients who are looking for an amazing pianist for their special day. His years in the industry provide him the experience and diverse musical background required to perform at all types of venues and events.
|The Badminton & Tennis Club, Boston, MA
|It has been our pleasure to have Patrick Durkin play piano at our club cocktail parties over the past eight years.
Patrick is a talented and skilled performer who brings a lively repertoire to these occasions. He can be relied upon to appear on time ready to entertain, take requests, and generally provide just the right atmosphere for a spirited evening.
Our membership is always happy to welcome Patrick back to the B&T. We wish him much continued success as a musician !
|Tammy Thierwechter/Gloria Miner|
If we were as successful at picking lottery numbers as we were at selecting Patrick Durkin from a pile of over 200 applicants, we would both be wealthy women! Nevertheless, something of Patrick's personal charm and charisma stood out from the rest of the crowd in that pile of applicants, and we have not been disappointed.
As an employee, Patrick arrives on time, prepared, and professionally attired. He is personable and polite, making an effort at all times to read and please his audience. Unlike other performers we have hired, Patrick knows his music by heart, and can also accompany himself vocally. There is no need for a "page-turner." He has a wide repertoire, but, more impressive, when faced with an event he felt musically unprepared for, Patrick took the initiative to learn additional songs to augment his performance. This is truly going above and beyond - a rare occurrence today.
A final point in Patrick's favor would be his interpersonal skills with his audience. He takes the trouble to get to know the people who attend our dinners, transforming them from customers to clients. He tries to learn their names and something about them, as well as the type of music they enjoy. Adding Patrick to our dinners enhanced the social aspect of our evenings - so much so that some guests ask - “When is Patrick playing?” – to determine which dinners to attend. We have grown to think of him as part of the family.
|Ballard's Inn, Block
Island, Rhode Island
|This season Patrick
Durkin worked at Ballard's Inn on weekends as a piano player and
singer. He played a wide variety of songs, and was always willing to
take requests. A couple of times we asked him to either start earlier,
or play longer, and he was always willing to to this. A couple of times
he was having so much fun with the patrons that he didn't even realize
that the time he was contracted to stop had already passed by.
Ballard's Inn is a large establishment that has a seating capacity of 600. We are a family restaurant, as well as being a bar that shows sports on its 9 television
sets. It can be a high speed environment at times, and I always found that Patrick was up to the challenge of playing for a diversified crowd.
This was the fifth season that Patrick worked with us, and we enjoyed having his talent and personable attitude all five years.
Sharon M. Cattera
Business School, Boston, MA
|Patrick entertained my
Harvard Business School classmates and guests (about 250) at our 50th
Reunion this past June. He played (and sang) during the
pre-dinner reception and after dinner. His charm and talent
encouraged enthusiastic participation in the after dinner sing-a-long
which included songs from "our times" (1950-60s) through today. My wife
and I, the host and hostess for this event, have received many
compliments for arranging for Patrick's entertainment.
It is a pleasure to recommend him to others. You may contact me if you have any questions. (Phone: available on request).
| Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA
|The Corinthian Yacht Club would like to extend a sincere thanks to you for your outstanding performance on June 28, 2002. We have received many lovely comments on the quality of your performance and look foward to you performing here again next season. We're sure your appearance on august 10th will provide to be just as amazing.
Thank you again for a wonderful evening. Your talent is certainly remarkable.
Corinthian Yacht Club