|by Karen Handley • March 24, 2006|
Wabash College’s Visiting Artists Series will present Peter Mulvey in Concert, 8 p.m., Friday, March 24, in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
Peter Mulvey’s nine solo release, The Knuckleball Suite (Signature Sounds) is a collection of 13 new songs that aptly display why he has, over the length of his extensive career has been compared to such heavyweights as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, and others.
Critical acclaim has been consistent and enthusiastic over the years. The Washington Post says: "The subtle power of his voice, a husky, hushed baritone... understated, at once sophisticated and intimate... as cover-worthy as Randy Newman, Elvis Costello, and Dar Williams."
Mulvey began as a self-described "city kid" from Milwaukee, Wisc. He played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre at Marquette University. After graduating, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of busker on the streets of Dublin. Returning to the U.S. a few years later, he settled in Boston, building an audience through street and subway performing, while also immersing himself in the thriving musical community. Since his 2000 release The Trouble with Poets, Mulvey has found a home with the venerable indie label Signature Sounds Recordings. His most recent albums for the Massachusetts label were the 2004 release Kitchen Radio, the 2003 collaborative Redbird album (with label-mates Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault), and his 2001 CD, Ten Thousand Mornings, an album of cover songs recorded entirely in the subways of Boston.
Always looking for ways to further immerse himself in language, art, and music, Mulvey has also scored music for theatre and modern dance, and has had numerous songs featured in film and television including various WB programs and PBS documentaries.
Seating for Visiting Artists Series events will be by general admission, though free tickets are required for Visiting Artists Series programs.
Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone: 765-361-6411. The box office will open 90 minutes before curtain time for Visiting Artists events.