Lamplighter- MULVEY/ BALTO/ PORTERFIELD/ VOGELZANG December 9 2016
The Lamplighter Sessions is Peter Mulvey's dogged attempt to set up, year after year, lightning rods in a field, to coax these offstage moments into being onstage. It's Mulvey's favorite thing he does all year. The Lamplighter sessions is a chance for him to give back to all the great musicians he has met, and all the great audiences he has been lucky enough to assemble.
For the past 20 years, Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician immersing himself in Tin PanAlley 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."
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."
Still, it is the live performance that defines that work. Night after night, 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."
SIMON BALTO's work has garnered praise from critics both local, regional, national, and international.
Most people mention the voice first. It comes from deep within. Sounds like it means what it says. Then come the lyrics and the stories ones about workers and lovers, mothers and sons, the dying and mourning, the prideful and the abused. Ones about the Midwest and the beauty and difficulty that characterizes life around here. There is a humanity in the songs that recalls the work of some of the folk traditions finest architects.
Irish music publication Deadly Music! has compared his songwriting to top-of-his-game, Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan. The Chicago-based music curator Music Means Family said the following: An unbelievable talent, his layered folk ballads are reminiscent of Baez and Dylan, Guthrie and Prine. There is a deeply satisfying componentto each of his songs a reminder of home, woodsmoke, and the first traces of your breath as winter begins to settle.
CHRIS PORTERFIELD is a singer/songwriter guitarist member of the band Field Report and formerly of DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon. Porterfield has said, For me, songwriting all starts with the words. Im very lyrically driven. He often uses metaphors and historical references to paint a picture or inspire a certain feeling with his lyrics. He has said he was influenced by other artists known primarily for their descriptive and poetic lyrics, including Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell."
ANNA VOGELZANG'S melody-driven, multi-instrumental folk-pop ballads have been met with warm reviews (9/10, PopMatters) & landed her at festivals, conferences, and on bills with some of her heroes, including Sara Bareilles, Gillian Welch, Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Laura Gibson, Wye Oak, Steve Poltz, Amanda Palmer, & many more. Anna is currently touring in support of the Driftless EP, a home-spun, steadfast collection of gritty new-folk songs, many of which were written in 2014 as part of the song-a-week project RealWomenRealSongs. In 2015, she returned to the studio to work with producer Todd Sickafoose on her fifth LP. Vogelzang plays the banjo, ukuleles, guitar, and kalimba on stage, but has always been a singer who loves words and feelings first and foremost.
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