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Peter Mulvey/ Chris Porterfield/ Tim Grimm/ Her Crooked Heart 12/15/2017
Cafe Carpe
Fort Atkinson, WI
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PETER MULVEY's annual Lamplighter Sessions take place here from December 7th the 15th, minus Monday and Tuesday. Mulvey has been transported by music suspiciously (should we suspect foul play?) often in his life, and from the beginning, he sensed a pattern: most of these moments were impromptu, they happened offstage, and they involved people communicating something sublime in this elusive yet utterly reliable language we all share. The music-ness of moments is at its best when two or more players dont quite know where its all going, and yet have enough of a common idea of the map at hand that theyre all going together. The Lamplighter Sessions is Mulveys dogged attempt to set up, year after year, lightning rods in a field, to coax these offstage moments into being onstage.

Who is this doggedy dog in this dog-eat-dog world?

To PETER MULVEY, there is no such thing as a straight and narrow path. At least, not one that he has any interest in taking.

A live-wire on any stage, Peter is an acoustic singer/songwriter/guitarist who, in fact, defies this categorization. His ferocious guitar playing whisks him through more tunings than he has fingers in the course of an evening, as he winds his way from full-throated rockers to deceptively plain-spoken musings. Whether solo or accompanied, Mulvey is someone who just naturally commands a stage:

"Peter Mulvey is one of the most accomplished guitarists you're ever likely to hear utterly original it is nigh on impossible to explain him to the uninitiated his intelligent and sometimes complex songs engage both hemispheres of the listener's brain one of the finest, most complete entertainers stunning." - The Irish Examiner

CHRIS PORTERFIELDsays he is midwestern to the core and we find no fault with that kind of core.

Chris' Milwaukee-based band, Field Report (an anagram of his surname) will release their third album soon. Field Report was culled together in the studio while recording their 2012 self-titled debut. They suddenly found themselves championed by their former idols: offered support tours by Counting Crows and Aimee Mann, lauded by the likes of Mark Eitzel and Richard Thompson, and covered by Blind Boys Of Alabama.

TIM GRIMMis a bit of a Renaissance man inthe performing arts world. He has for the past 15 years blended his love for songwriting, travel, and the storytelling of acting (theatre, film and television). He hasbuilt a reputation as a storytelling songwriter of some note in the US and Europe.

Tim appears this time without his musical family in tow- his wife and sons have been working together over the last couple of years. They performed at The Indiana Repertory Theatre working on the Bicentennial production- FINDING HOME: Indiana at 200- for which they wrote and performed songs and the score. Their song WOODYS LANDLORD was the #1 song on Folk radio in 2016, and threads the narrative of Woody Guthries landlord (Fred Trump) and Tims relationship with debate-team mate- Mike Pence.

"Tim's songwriting reminds me of Guy Clark. The songwriting is simple, straightforward yet full of poetry. It closely observes everyday life and distills the small moments of joy and pleasure. Grimms vocal style also reminds me of Guy Clarks unassuming way of putting across a song. Its a voice in service to the lyric..Tim Grimm reminds us of the authenticity of rural life and its heartfelt emotions, a life lived close to nature, in consonance with the cycle of the seasons. In this time we live in, when all seems inauthentic, when our politics are debased by rulers gone mad with power, Tims music helps reaffirm our faith in what this nation has been for more than two centuries and something to which we might someday return." -Richard Silverstein- Seattle

HER CROOKED HEART is the new name; the new music of Rachel Ries  multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, sideman, singer. Her Crooked Hearts debut EP, To Gentlemen, and forthcoming album, To Love To Leave To Live, feature members of Bon Iver, Field Report and string arrangements by the inimitable Rob Moose.

But one thing has remained true since RRs first homespun release: her sly and compassionate voice, excavating the depths of an all-too-human heart, armed with levity and a pen. Its the messy humanity thats of interest here. The trying and failing; the loving and losing and loving again. The choosing to be brave even when youre shaking in your tattered boots. So please, make welcome: Her Crooked Heart. Shes been here all along..
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Cafe Carpe (View)
18 S. Water St. W.
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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