What can we say about Peter Mulvey that we have not said before. Amazing songwriter, performer, purveyor of sage advice and instigator of epic on-line conversations. Guitar picker par excellance. Nice guy.
We have said it all before in messages we have sent to you. This will be Peter’s fourth or fifth visit to Doverlaff House Concerts and the Tiki Room. We have told you before that he is one of our absolute favorite performers. We have shared many of his songs with you and have provided independent documentation of what a fantastic writer/performer he is.
The eclectic range of Mulvey’s tireless past pays handsome dividends on this stylistically sweeping, LA-recorded album. A crack specially convened band (including regular Dylan drummer David Kemper) adhere to his well-established live and direct recording approach and allow the performer’s deeply matured, naturally wry and hard-edged Americana to attain full, flowing life. From the raunchy melodic pop of Sympathies through suburban requiem Remember the Milkman, the dizzying weirdness of If You Shoot At A King and even Led Zeppelin modal thunder on Copenhagen Airport, Mulvey’s troubled visions attain striking clarity.
Gavin Martin, Uncut
(from the River Music Festival)
Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician – immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner – his attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
Or, from Steven Stone:
Just a guy with his guitar – that’s all you really need to make great music, right? If that guy happens to be Peter Mulvey the answer is a resounding YES!
(on Notes from Elsewhere) The seventeen songs display not only his songwriting prowess, but also Mulvey’s serious guitar-slinging chops. The opening guitar lines of the first song on the CD, “Shirt” demonstrates Mulvey’s solid fingerpicking coupled with his intelligent use of open tunings. On “Better Way to Go” Mulvey uses a “call and response” style that alternates between funky-cool riffs and open string chords. A non-standard open tuning gives his guitar a lower bass fundamental that grounds the bottom end. Notes from Elsewhere serves as a primer on modern alternate-tuning folk guitar. Mulvey’s consummate command of acoustic guitar techniques reminds me of another great acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter, Vance Gilbert.
Here are some videos you may find helpful:
Here is one final link for you. That link is our address, 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX 97206. That is the link to which to send in advance the suggested donation of $20 per person, to secure your seats for this fantastic performer. As usual, we will provide an array of snacks for you for free and will have beer and wine available. Send checks, made out to Dan Dover, with Peter Mulvey in the memo line, to the address above.
Peter is touring with Danielle Ate the Sandwich. She will open.
Doors at 7. Show starts at 7:30.
We look forward to seeing you and Peter on Monday, November 13.
In other Doverlaff news, our Songwriters Circle happens this coming Monday, October 16 and the Doverlaff at the Jade songwriter showcase happens Tuesday, October 24 at the Jade Lounge
Cheryl and Dan
Doverlaff House Concerts