Over the past 20 years, Peter 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- his attitude is, “when you love what you do, you can work all the time,”- he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
His early years were spent in Dublin and then Boston, where he took to playing in the subways as a full time occupation. The seven hour sessions playing to passers-by and commuters not only strengthened his accomplished guitar playing but also sharpened his innate gifts as a communicator. Lucky for us, he took his show on the road. He resettled in his hometown of Milwaukee. Peter has recorded 14 albums, including two collaborations with fellow songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault, titled REDBIRD.
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 US 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.”
Peter Mulvey's latest record, produced by Ani DiFranco for Righteous Babe Records, is called "Are You Listening?" The record is his personal reflection on our personal and political lives in 2017 under the Trump administration.