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Saturday 10/13/2018 7:30 PM
Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.
Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.
In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco. Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record.
Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.
Saturday 11/17/2018 7:30 PM
Alice Howe, Kirsten Maxwell, Freebo
Boston-based young singer-songwriter Alice Howe is making big waves in the folk world. Her EP You've Been Away So Long debuted on the April Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song - "Homeland Blues" - and #11 album. "Homeland Blues" went on to become the #7 song for all of 2017. Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters. In the last year, she was a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, an Official Showcase Artist at FAR-West, and a Semi-Formal Showcase Artist at NERFA. She’s currently working with Freebo on her first full-length album. According to Vance Gilbert, “How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel's bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that's how.”
Freebo really shouldn’t need an introduction to music fans. He first came to most people’s attention as long-time bass player with Bonnie Raitt in the 1970’s. Since then, he’s played with Ringo Starr, John Mayall, John Hall, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Willy DeVille, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright, and many others. More recently, Freebo has been concentrating on his songwriting and guitar playing, evidenced on his 2015 album “If Not Now When”. His lyrics touch on social commentary, spiritual quest, life, love, dogs, and the human condition.
Kirsten Maxwell also is familiar to Earth Room Concerts audiences, having appeared with Matt Nakoa in March, 2017. She is a Long Island based singer/songwriter who has toured extensively in the U.S., released one album and recorded an EP, won a number of songwriting competitions and performed at festivals on the East Coast and in Texas. Her buzz in the music industry and grassroots following doubled in the past year and the expected release of her new self-titled EP has her fans on the edge of their seats. In December, Kirsten opened for rock icon Melissa Etheridge. She has also shared stages with Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert, and Nicole Atkins.
These 3 artists have appeared together in-the-round, and their obvious friendship and rapport allows them to enhance each other’s songs (vocally and instrumentally), making this a wonderful opportunity to experience 2 exciting up-and-comers and 1 industry veteran.
Saturday 12/08/2018 7:30 PM
Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway with "Deeper Than the Skin"
For four decades, singer-songwriter, storyteller, and activist Reggie Harris has brought African American spirituals, folk, gospel, rock, and the music of the civil rights movement to stages across America. Greg Greenway is a chart-topping folksinger with eight studio albums both as solo artist and as a member of the trio Brother Sun.
Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway have a unique story. Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of history, Richmond, Virginia, they are on a pilgrimage together – one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues.
Reggie Harris is the Music Education Director of the Living Legacy Project of the UUA, co-leading tours through the hallowed Civil Rights ground of the South. He is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. Solo, and in the duo, Kim and Reggie Harris, he has led hundreds of programs on Race and Social Justice.
Greg Greenway was a part of the planning committee (at Reggie’s request) of Marching in the Arc of Justice, the Unitarian Universalist conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Action. He had the honor for two years of having his song, “Rosa Parks”, play when rosaparks.com was opened. Greg led his song, “What Must Be Done”, in the trio Brother Sun, before thousands of UUs at the opening service of the Providence, RI General Assembly.
Together and individually, Reggie and Greg have brought the issue of Race before audiences all across North America. They share not only a story of overcoming, but provide a living, breathing example of celebration, creative resistance, and joy. There are many who say that they are the embodiment of those traits – that their talent and communication skills make their performance infectious. Both are committed professionally to inspiring people, to encourage others to take that step beyond their comfort zone, and as they reach across the racial divide, to foster the relationships that are, in the end, a path to healing.