Thursday, February 23, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Midnight – First-Timers II (725) 11pm – LilFest I (727)Brooklyn's own @lelandsundries carrying the torch into the midnight hour at @folkalliance pic.twitter.com/T4AG6ldSgN— American Songwriter (@AmerSongwriter) February 16, 2017
Thursday: 10:30pm – 3rd Coast Music Presenters: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus (627) in the round w/ Spook Handy and Geoff Himes 1:30am – LilFest I (727) 2:45am – Green Room Music Source (656)
Friday: 2:30am – Access Film Music ORANGE (754)
Saturday 3pm – LilFest II (728)
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
PETER MULVEY PLOTS ‘ARE YOU LISTENING?’ TOUR AS ALBUM TO BE RELEASED MARCH 24 ON RIGHTEOUS BABE RECORDS INCLUDES SHOWS IN LA, NYC, DC, ALASKA
ALBUM PRODUCER ANI DIFRANCO WEIGHS IN ON MULVEY “GOODNESS”
NPR’S FOLK ALLEY TAPES VIDEO SESSION
MULVEY RAISES OVER $8K FOR RESISTANCE EFFORTS VIA 12-HOUR CONCERT WITH ~100 SONGS PLAYED, NO REPEATS
Million-plus mile troubadour Peter Mulvey’s producer Ani DiFranco has weighed in on Mulvey’s new album ‘Are You Listening?,’ out March 24 on her Righteous Babe Records. She says, "Mulvey has been honing his craft for many a decade and it shows. He can play some badass guitar, sing to touch your heart, and write a song that will knock you down, and by knock you down, I mean lift you up." Of ‘Are You Listening?’ she says, "This record is pure, timeless Mulvey goodness. Supported by a spare but badass backing band, the sound here is organic and real and unaffected by the whims of fashion.”
Mulvey is launching a tour that’s set to hit New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Alaska, among other spots. He recently taped a video session with NPR’s Folk Alley.
Last month, Mulvey raised approximately $8,500 for a variety of non-profits during a 12-hour Concert Window show that saw him play around 100 songs with none repeated. Beneficiaries are the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Relief International, and Public Allies.
Peter Mulvey Tour Dates
February 15 - Tales from the Tavern - Santa Ynez, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 16 - Brick 15 - Del Mar, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 18 - Hotel Café - Los Angeles, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 19 - Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - Berkeley, CA (w/ Heather Maloney)
February 22 - North Star Theatre - Cordova, AK
February 23 - Bunnell Street Arts Center - Homer, AK
February 24 - Latitude 62 - Talkeetna, AK
February 25 – TapRoot - Anchorage, AK (w/ w/ Heather Maloney, Anna Tivel)
February 26 - Vagabond Blues - Palmer, AK (w/ Heather Maloney, Anna Tivel)
March 9 - The Walnut Room - Denver, CO
March 10 - Friends House Concerts - Colorado Springs, CO
March 11 - Old San Ysidro Church - Corrales, NM
March 12 - Kitchen Sink Studio - Santa Fe, NM
March 17 - The Etude Sessions @ Paradigm - Sheboygan, WI
March 18 - Lost Moth Gallery - Egg Harbor, WI
March 19 - Cafe Carpe - Fort Atkinson, WI
March 24 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - New York, NY
March 26 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
April 1 - Beal House - Kingston, MA
April 2 - Nelson Odeon - North Cazenovia, NY
April 6 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
April 7 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
April 8 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
Monday, February 13, 2017
“Art should prepare us for tenderness” – Anton Chekov, as quoted by Peter Mulvey
“Guess I colored a bit outside the lines but that's me,” Peter says, after returning an email interview with some unconventional answers. It’s an apt description of his own career, which started in the subways of Boston and on the streets of Dublin and has seen Mulvey through 25 years as a recording artist. His journey has been marked by departures from the norm: an album recorded in the Boston subways; annual tours by bicycle; performing Tom Waits’ uncategorizable album ‘Rain Dogs’ live; 12-hour live performances in person and on the internet, often for worthy beneficiaries; and an album of spoken-word letters to his young nieces and nephews. Twenty-five years in and still fired up, he traveled to New Orleans to record his latest, ‘Are You Listening?’ with Ani DiFranco producing at her Big Blue studio. In February, DiFranco Tweeted, “Can’t wait for folks to hear it! What a beaut this one is, what a joy it was to make.”
‘Are You Listening?’ is his Righteous Babe Records debut with a March 24, 2017 release. As DiFranco says, "Mulvey has been honing his craft for many a decade and it shows. He can play some badass guitar, sing to touch your heart, and write a song that will knock you down – and by knock you down, I mean lift you up."
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Tin Pan Alley, spoken word, and Americana. His spoken word piece “Vlad the Astrophysicist,” which arose from a conversation at his recurring gig at the National Youth Science Camp, became a TEDx talk and then, in 2016, an illustrated book. In 2007, he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car or airplane – the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has also taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.
Seeing a Mulvey show is like sitting in the living room with a keenly observant friend and raconteur, albeit one who’s also a dazzling fingerpicking guitarist and a master of alternate tunings; an astute poet; a social and political activist; a world traveler; and a great listener. On the album, Mulvey semi-jokingly opines, “I’m a pretty good listener, I get it from my mother.”
Listening emerges as the central theme: listening to a friend’s troubles; listening for the heart of America (as in “Which One Were You (For Trayvon Martin)”; listening to the bullied as well as for the insecurities of the bully (“Just Before the War”); listening to the earthly creatures around us with tenderness (invoking that Chekov quote in "Winter Poem"); listening for the path through hardship (“It Can Get You By”); listening to what’s happening in the moment instead of ceding to the stimulation of one’s phone (“D.I.A”); and listening for the song in a newly resurrected guitar (the title track, written in just three minutes, spilled whole from a 1957 Martin.)
“Just Before The War” is a step inside a bully’s head. Peter explains, “The narrator presents as a truly awful person. Still, I felt sympathy for him as the story unfolded. Every bully got damaged some way or other. That’s worth remembering, especially these days.” Meanwhile, “The Other Morning Over Coffee” gives us a narrator listening to a friend's troubles for the umpteenth time: listening without judgement.
Musically, the sure hand of Ani and her touring band, bassist Todd Sickafoose (who has also played with Andrew Bird, Anais Mitchell, and Nels Cline) and drummer Terence Higgins (who has also backed New Orleans legends Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino as well as Norah Jones), along with newcomer Anna Tivel, shape the songs as they run the gamut from the full-on Americana rocker “The Last Song” to the jazzy dissonance of “The Details.”
The friendship between DiFranco and Mulvey deepened in the summer of 2015. Mulvey was opening a run of shows for her when the shootings at the Emanuel Church in Charleston occurred. In the basement of the Calvin Theater in Northampton, after a long heart-to-heart conversation among the band members, Mulvey went into his dressing room and wrote “Take Down Your Flag.” He sang it twenty minutes later, and as he came offstage, DiFranco asked him to teach her the song. She sang it two days later, and substituted her own verse, written for Tywanza Sanders (one of the victims) in place of Mulvey’s verse for Susie Jackson. Within a few days, their versions were posted to YouTube and over the next few weeks, hundreds of songwriters added their own versions, including Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, and Jeff Daniels, reaching 200,000 cumulative views. This movement also led to an online benefit concert for the Charleston community.
Mulvey’s first love is playing music in a room for other people. He has performed some 4,000 concerts and traveled over a million miles to do it. He expects to continue to play upwards of 100 concerts a year this year and every year. DiFranco isn’t the only A-list supporter. Mulvey has shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Greg Brown, the Indigo Girls, and many others, and media have long praised his work.
NPR Music’s Bob Boilen has called his music “beautiful…. touching.”
Rolling Stone.com hailed his music ”haunting... A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper."
The Washington Post said, "The subtle power of his voice, a husky, hushed baritone... understated, at once sophisticated and intimate ... song as cover-worthy as Randy Newman or Elvis Costello."
All Music testified, "For sheer musicianship, it is difficult to think of many contemporary guitar playing singer-songwriters who can claim superiority to Peter Mulvey."
With the forthcoming release of ‘Are You Listening?,’ more ears will turn Mulvey’s way as well.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
yay! are you listening is venturing out into the world! can't wait for folks to hear it! what a beaut this one is, what a joy it was to make https://t.co/1PDPijq6mZ— ani difranco (@anidifranco) February 10, 2017