PETER MULVEY / JOE JENCKS at East Rock Concert Series - Sunday October 13, at mActivity, New Haven
Peter Mulvey / Joe Jencks at East Rock Concert Series
Sunday October 13, at mActivity, New Haven
Tickets $20. Adv. $25. at the Door
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm
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
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- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this
September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at
the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across
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
Mulveys 17th record, which will be released March 24th on
Righteous Babe Records.
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.
+ JOE JENCKS
Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. A 20-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Jencks has released 15 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.
Joes most recent solo CD The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures From The Pen of Si Kahn - contains 14 previously unrecorded songs from American Folk legend, Si Kahn. Joe recorded the CD in Canada, with famed producer Ken Whiteley, and the collection of songs represents a return to Joes more traditional Folk roots in both theme and musical styles. Celebrating the lost legends of hard working people from New England textile mills to Appalachian coal mining towns, from the Civil Rights movement to forgotten industrial towns in the Midwest. The Forgotten shines a welcome light on the lives of people whose experiences still need to be told and remembered.
Jencks 2017 release Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers debuted as the #1 CD on the International Folk DJ Chart, also garnering recognition for #1 Song and #1 Artist. Additionally the recording spent eight weeks as the #1 CD on Sirius XM Radios Americana Chart. With arrangements that blend sparse acoustic performances with Copeland-like orchestral tapestries, and encompass Celtic, Blues, and Traditional Folk styles, this CD reflects the depth of Joes musical knowledge and diversity of influences. In addition, guest artists including: Ysaye Barnwell (Sweet Honey In The Rock), Cathy Fink, Harpeth Rising, Tret Fure, Reggie Harris, Edie Carey, Jon Carroll and many more. This long awaited collection of songs represents Joes finest work to date, both as a vocalist and as a songwriter.
Having penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, Jencks has become a fan favorite throughout North America. Co-founder and primary vocal arranger for the harmony trio Brother Sun, Joe is also in demand as an arranger with over 30 appearances as a guest vocalist on various studio recordings.
From coffeehouses to Carnegie Hall, Jencks has made a mark on the American music scene, singing and telling stories that educate, illuminate, and uplift. For more information on recordings and concerts, please visit: www.joejencks.com
The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions. ~ Pete Seeger
If one can master a craft after investing 10,000 hours, Joe Jencks hours are showing! I am literally stunned by this new album. Poets, Philosopher, Workers & Wanders tells our stories, his story, and the untold stories, as an American folk master can - with heart and unfettered perfection. Add this one to the folk canon! ~ MarySue Twohy, SIRIUS XM Radio The Village / The Bridge
In these times, we need the singers who will do the homework and tell the stories! Joe Jencks is among the fine next generation singers who are ready to carry on the tradition as well as look into the future ~ Holly Near
Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers -is absolutely Joe Jencks finest effort thus far. Jencks captivating tenor voice, lofted by flawless production, demonstrates music of conscience and provides a feast for the ear as well as nourishment for the soul.
~ Rich Warren, The Midnight Special WFMT, Chicago, IL
"Beyond the fine selection of songs and the talented team assembled in the studio, what really shines through on Joe Jencks' new album are his resonant, honey-rich voice, his open-hearted humanity, and his commitment to social justice. We need artists who inspire our better selves more than ever, don't we?" ~ John Platt , Sunday Supper, WFUV, New York, NY
Climb inside the songs of Joe Jencks, and you meet real people. His lilting melodies and warm, caramel tenor draw us closer to the stories he tells. Jencks finds the humanness that binds us to the people in his songs! ~ Scott Alarik - author of Revival: A Folk Music Novel and host of Folk Tales, WUMB, Boston, MA
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