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Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey

April 6, 2001 @ Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA

Opening with some pre-DMB jangle, Harvard Square’s favorite adoptee kicked into his signature spare throaty poetry and low-end self-accompaniment as he played through both soundholes on the way to wearing through a third. Combining (Bruce) Springsteen stances and (Dennis) Miller mentality, Mulvey offered material that ranged from the intelligent to the esoteric to penial Papal poetry. The entire set was full of surprises, from duets with fellow local fave Jennifer Kimball to animated anecdotes about meeting local f- Senator Ted Kennedy. “Love is Not Enough” was a percussive one-man jam and “Check Me Out” was full of thumpy growl. Among Mulvey’s hand-crafted covers were a take on Gillian Welch’s “Caleb Meyer” and a troublesome yet authentic unpacking of Tom Waits “A Soldier’s Things.” The set closed with a pair of duets with opener Anita Suhanin: A creaky, crib-sheeted counterpoint of The Beatles’ “For No One” and a satin sheet of sound wrapped around “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” which led the silenced audience gently to the end of a good night.

- Matthew S. Robinson
© 2001, M.S. Robinson, ARR

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