Wednesday, 28 March 2018
PETER MULVEY - Live at BAG - Monday, April 23, 2018
Peter Mulvey returns to Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare - where he has been coming for 20 years - to play BAG at Mick Murphy's Bar on Monday, April 23rd. I've been onboard since pretty much the start, and it is my personal pleasure to welcome him 'home' again. Doors will open at 8:30pm, when I will gently relieve you of €12 to fund Peter's continuing troubadouring around the world! Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Its a difficult challenge to select just one video to give the uninitiated a flavour of what Peter Mulvey's music is all about. But I've chosen a pretty recent one, off the current album, 'Are You Listening'. In it, he takes the ordinary, and makes it extraordinary - as is his gift. Pound for pound, a true heavyweight among American songwriters of our generation.
'DIA' - https://youtu.be/CjizWGaTFFU
Now, what the website says:
Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records,spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.
A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led toa spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an
annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car andairplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.
In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco.
Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record, which was released on March 24th 2017 on Righteous Babe Records.
Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.