Aug 14, 2004 — 8:30pm
FREE Concert in Huntington's Heckscher Park
The Chapin Rainbow Stage

The Folk Music Society presents our event in the
39th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival

—   Peter Mulvey   —

with featured opening act by Gail Storm

An accomplished guitarist and literate songwriter
... a voice lush and hushed ...

PETER MULVEY eter Mulvey has an uncanny knack for creating a shivering ambiance with his expansive musical talents and a gift for lyrical intimacy that immediately connects the listener to his songs ... he's equally at ease with extreme folk-jazz quietude and layered rock atmosphere.

eter Mulvey began as a self-described "city kid" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre there, and then traveled to Dublin, Ireland, where he learned the trade of the street singer. Returning to the States, he spent a few years in Boston, building an audience through street and subway performing, while also immersing himself in the thriving musical community.

hough his home is now back in Milwaukee, Mulvey spends most of every year as a serious disciple of the road, touring relentlessly from Anchorage to Dublin and all points between. In addition to this rigorous calling, Mulvey has also written and performed music for theatre and modern dance (Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, Amiri Baraka's Primitive World, and for The Wild Space Dance Company), penned articles for national magazines (Acoustic Guitar, Performing Songwriter, The Writer), and conducted numerous guitar and songwriting workshops. He has done voice-over work for various documentaries, has had songs placed in both film and television (the WB dramas Felicity and Dawson's Creek, independent films' Origin of the Species and The Fisherman, the PBS documentary Wisconsin: An American Portrait), and has just wrapped production on a full-length DVD of his own, which features both interview and concert footage, to be released later this year.

e has an insatiable appetite for collaboration, appearing on colleagues' recordings, or just stepping on stage with other artists to try something spontaneous, something unrehearsed. In 2003, he released the trio album Redbird with fellow singer/songwriters Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault — an album of 17 songs ranging from jazz standards to old country tunes to contemporary covers, recorded in 3 days around one microphone. In every aspect of his career, Mulvey draws on an extremely broad swath of influence; he is always reading, always listening, always eager to hear new poetry, modern minimalist composers, old-time fiddle tunes, Argentinian trip-hop, or top-shelf bar bands. And somehow, deep down, it all seeps into his work.

PETER MULVEY till, it is the live performance that defines that work. Night after night, solo, duo with Goody, 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 the audience have brought to the table that night. "People need this. 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."

nd so it was on this stormy night in Heckscher Park. The light rain failed to diminish the audiences excitement and respect for music well made. No one left early, and Peter played in duo with Goody — and warmed the heart of all.

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Opening act
... a Summer storm on the keyboard ...

GAIL STORM inger/pianist Gail Storm is a seasoned performer whose roots can be traced to jazz greats Bessy Smith, Louis Jordan and Oscar Peterson. Her style is warm and inviting; she encourages her audience to sing along or dance as the spirit moves them. Gail is a thoroughly honest performer; she can breathe new life into classic women's blues and old jazz numbers. Storm gives new meaning to the phrase "tickling the ivories" as she plays her boogie-woogie style piano. This lithe, blonde beauty displays a barrel-house style of playing and singing that could roll your socks down and back up again! .

he has been a featured performer for women's history month and has been on the staff of the Augusta Heritage Center Music Camp in West Virginia. Gail is a native southerner, but she has chosen to move to Huntington because of its thriving music scene. You may have seen Gail perform with her new band in recent months, exploring new musical avenues. She has recently released her first CD, entitled Just the Blues which features some of her standard blues tunes performed mostly in a trio format, with upright bass and drums. Saxophone is included on the live cut from the 2003 Annual Oyster Bay Festival at Fiddleheads.

ail is an engaging and memorable performer and a veteran of our Hard Luck Café. We were proud to showcase her talents once again.