Peter Mulvey on the Road with Po' Girl
Venue: One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME ~ April 1, 2011 ~
Apr 13, 2011
Were Peter Mulvey and Po’ Girl stopped by the blizzard ofApril Fool’s Day, 2011, in Portland Maine? Heck no! They are not sissies and despite the challenges of touring, they showed up and the audience showed up and it was beautiful!
Peter opened the show with attention getting technicalprowess, his fingers doing the tango up and down the neck of his beautiful, brown Martin guitar, the capo attached upside down and his thumbs playing bass notes on either side of it as he sang the musical question, “If love is not enough?”
If love is not enough then what's enough? I am listening
His warm baritone voice, relaxed demeanor and intelligentlywritten songs were a delight from the get go. “If Love is Not Enough” might have been grafted from the same musical tree as Bill Withers’ “Just the Two of Us” or “Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone”. As an expert multi-tasker, he told funny stories while retuning his guitar more times than Joni Mitchell. Mulvey’s musical teeth were cut while playing for years in the Boston subway. He seems totally at home on stage and has that sort of vital male energy that emanates like sunshine, the way fit muscles burn calories at rest. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he sometimes tours by bicycle and conveys his athleticism at a ‘song’ular level. His songs range from romantic to poignant to jazzy to silly. He played a lovely version of, “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and one of his old standby’s, which he dubbed the happiest song he’s ever written entitled, “Sad, sad, sad, sad.”
“Some People” is a humorous, Randy Newman-ish compositioncomparing types of humanity.
Some people go to the tavern
Peter explained that he and the members of Po’ Girl met at asongwriting camp, felt a connection and decided to tour together. Allie Russell of Po’ Girl teased that they dubbed him their spiritual leader because when they took turns riding with him during the tour they came back refreshed and inspired. Po’ Girl members joined him one by one on stage, fleshing out his solo performance. “Shirt” is one of those tunes that zeroes in on sadness, love and things familiar. They assisted on “Charlie” (a composition about double bassist, Charlie Haden) “Knuckleball Suite”, and the achingly beautiful, “Shoulder Birds.”
Coming up on his roster he’s playing Tom Waits in a liveperformance of the entire Tom Waits album, Raindogs. Also he is singingthe role of Orpheus in an upcoming show of the Anais Mitchell folk opera, “Hadestown”. Peter Mulvey is a truly exceptional artist who should be much more famous than he is. We wish him well.
You can find out more about him at petermulvey.com
For music lovers visiting Portland, Maine, I highly recommend
One Longfellow Square ~ "Portland's Premier Arts Venue"
Check them out at onelongfellowsquare.com.
Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.
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