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Peter Mulvey with special guest Brianna Lane will appear in a concert event presented by Snapshotmusic and Katie’s Cup at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford.
“I like making records,” reflects songwriter Mulvey, “but my job is the live show: getting up in a room and taking people somewhere.”
For the past several years, Peter has done an annual fall tour entirely by bicycle (this year’s tour sponsored by Terra Trike www.terratrike.com), partly for environmental reasons and partly for the sheer fun of continuing his creative, unorthodox approach to a long and fruitful career as an artist.
In every aspect of his career, Mulvey 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. Night after night, whether performing solo, duo (with David “Goody” 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 out of everything he and audience have brought to the table that night.
“People need this,” Mulvey said. “I need this. To come together in a room, to try to make music come alive, for real, for right now, and then to let it go … that is the whole deal for me.”
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., (815) 986-0628; Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. Call first: (815) 543-7627, and tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1/ticket processing fee), at www.snapshotmusic.com. Print your receipt to present at the door.