He plays the bass, the rhythm, and lead parts all at once. The growling slack-key figures, the rolling thumb, the jazz sensibility; Peter Mulvey knows how to play guitar. All the tricks he's picked up over the years are pressed into the service of the songs with a naturalness and ease that builds without distracting. He'll be coming to Boccelli's in Bellows Falls on Saturday, April 10 in a show with proceeds benefitting The Great Falls Food Hub.
"Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores," opines the Irish Times. "A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick-fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style-a joy to see."
Peter Mulvey grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where he played, wrote and sang in bands. After college, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of busker on the streets of Dublin. He later settled in Boston, building an audience through street and subway performing, while also immersing himself in the thriving musical community. Since the early 90's, Mulvey has recorded about a dozen albums, toured relentlessly and has carved out a distinctive niche for his darkly poetic, beautifully melodic songs and spoken word pieces. His latest disc, Notes from a Flying Machine, won him numerous 'Best of' slots on critics 2009 lists.
"Peter is an amazing artist with a strong social-justice, community-building element to his music," says show co-promoter Charlie Hunter. "So when the Great Falls Food Hub folks expressed interest in working with us on a show, it seemed like a natural fit."
A project of Post Oil Solutions, the Great Falls Food Hub's mission is to make local food accessible and affordable to everyone in our region, while providing a fair return to our farmers. Serving the counties of Windham and Windsor in Vermont, and Sullivan and Cheshire in New Hampshire, the Hub will include a licensed, commercial-sized food processing kitchen, to do value-added, incubator, commercial, and educational activities; dry, cold & frozen storage facilities, for ingredients and final products; and a distribution outlet for fresh, stored, and processed local food. For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
"We're excited to have an artist like Peter Mulvey coming to town to do a show in support of this project," says Tim Stevenson, Executive Director of Post Oil Solutions.
As ever, to back it up, the Flying Under Radar money-back guarantee will again be in effect; the promoter's promise to refund the tickets of anyone who is disappointed in a show, so long as they present "a cogently-written 250-word essay" detailing what they see as a show's failing. "Nobody's taken us up on the offer yet," says Hunter.
Boccelli's on the Canal will be serving dinner starting at 5 p.m. To make dinner (not show) reservations, call 460-1190. Doors to the music room open at 7 p.m., with showtime at 7:30.
Opening the show will be Wisconsin native Hayward Williams. Tickets are on sale at Village Square Books and Fat Frank's in Bellows Falls, The Springfield Co-Op, Radio Shack and VAULT in Springfield, Misty Valley Books in Chester and at Brattleboro Books and on line at brattleborotix.com. Angel tickets (guaranteed front-row seating) available online and by mail only.
The show is a joint presentation of Vermont Festivals (presenters of Roots on the River, June 10-13), Flying Under Radar and WOOL-FM. Boccelli's on the Canal is located at 46 Canal Street in Bellows Falls. For further information, visit flyingunderradar.com or call Vermont Festivals at 463-9595.