Songwriter Peter Mulvey performs at Katie’s Cup Feb. 5

From press release

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts presents Letters From A Flying Machine featuring Peter Mulvey, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford.
I like making records,

reflects songwriter Peter Mulvey,
but my job is the live show: getting up in a room and taking people somewhere.

His latest tour is on his 12th CD, Letters From A Flying Machine. 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, he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls and Greg Brown. In addition to touring and recording, he also teaches guitar and songwriting workshops across the country. His songs and deep baritone voice have been heard in documentary films, major TV shows, and by dance and theater companies. In 2004, Mulvey released a full-length DVD, On the Way, featuring interview and concert footage.

For the past several years, Peter has done an annual fall tour entirely by bicycle, partly for environmental reasons and partly for fun, continuing his creative, unorthodox approach to a long and fruitful career as an artist. Mulvey always draws on an extremely broad swath of influence; he is always reading, listening and eager to hear new poetry, modern minimalist composers, old-time fiddle tunes, Argentinean trip-hop, or top-shelf bar bands. Said The Irish Times:
Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the U.S. singer-songwriters to tour these shores. A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style. A joy to see.

Still, it is the live performance that defines that work. Whether performing solo, duo (with David

Goodrich), or sometimes even with a band, Mulvey attempts to be the sum of his parts, to draw on all the musical legacies he has studied, to make a fresh, vital moment of every appearance.

Charlotte’s Web reminds us that the last time Peter was here, he sold out the venue. This year, he is at a slightly larger space, but tickets are going fast, so get yours now! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 per ticket service charge), at Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Feb. 3-9, 2010 issue

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