Date:   9/15/2007

Singer-Songwriter Peter Mulvey arrives by bicycle for concert at Thrasher

Veteran touring singer/songwriter, Peter Mulvey, arrives by bicycle at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake on September 15 as part of his eco-friendly fall concert tour of Southern Wisconsin dubbed the 'Look Ma', No Gasoline' Tour.

When asked why he would take on such an endeavor, Mulvey shrugs: "Why not? Everyone has their excuses not to commute by bike, and mine was always that it's too far between towns, plus how will I bring my guitar? But it's time. I can do this."

Mulvey will leave his house in Milwaukee on September 12th on a bicycle, with a trailer for his guitar, and bike 50 miles to Fort Atkinson. From there, the tour will continue on to Madison, Green Lake, a few central Wisconsin college towns, and then down the shore of Lake Michigan home to Milwaukee for a total of over 300 miles.

"Most of the rides are under 40 miles. I'm not an athlete, I'm a guitar player. I've always enjoyed long rides; this will just take a little extra training. And maybe people will hear about what I'm doing and think 'If he can do that, I can bike to work a couple times a week too'."

Peter Mulvey began as a self-described "city kid" from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He played, wrote, and sang in bands while studying theatre at Marquette University. After graduating, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of busker (street performer) on the streets of Dublin. Returning to the U.S. a few years later, he settled in Boston, building an audience through street and subway performing, while also immersing himself in the thriving musical community.

Always looking for ways to further immerse himself in language, art, and music, Mulvey has also scored music for theatre and modern dance, and has had numerous songs featured in film and television including various WB programs and PBS documentaries.

In addition to the critical acclaim that his recorded works have brought him, though, Peter Mulvey is also highly regarded (and respected by his fellow musicians) as a serious disciple of the road. Touring rigorously, year in and year out, has made him who and what he is. Traveling from Ireland to Anchorage and all points in between, whether playing solo, duo, or with a full-on rock back, live performance is what defines his work and is where he shines.

Peter Mulvey's 2006 release of The Knuckleball Suite (Signature Sounds) is a collection of thirteen new songs that aptly display why he has, over the length of his extensive career (this is his ninth solo release) been compared to such heavyweights as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, and others. MAVERICK MAGAZINE (UK): "Shades of Tom Waits' depth... moments of Bruce Cockburn-like brilliance all over the place... this is a CD that will figure in many Top 10 of the year selections."

With college students in mind the ticket price for this special concert, supported by a grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, are only $15 adults, $10 students and can be purchased at Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Ripon Drug, Pick N Save, or at Twister (Princeton), or by calling 920-294-4279. Order online at www.thrashersoperahouse.com.


 

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