Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. He spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.
Eighteen records,thousands of live performances, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, … Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, and a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.
Early in 2017, a series of upheavals found Mulvey living through a winter in a friend’s empty house in the small Midwestern town of Fort Atkinson. The songs came in fast and strange and vivid. At night he wrote them down at a table in the spare house. These songs became his new record, “There Is Another World,” a vivid dreamscape of imagistic, haiku-like auditory sketches, within which are plenty of wrenching, haunting, and even sweet songs.
I think of Peter Mulvey as the very first Peterborough Folk Music musician. I was given Peter’s subway tape. It was such good work and a voice to match. I invited him to open for Dar Williams on Jan. 10, 1996 at the Peterborough UU Church, our first concert. I have enjoyed presenting Peter over the years, being a part of and watching him build his career. He is a thoughtful and brilliant writer and instrumentalist. Be sure to join us.