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LAMPLIGHTER- PETER MULVEY/SEASAW/ JEFF STEHR
December 16, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$20
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Who is PETER MULVEY and why does he lamptoon us each year?
Over the past 20 years, 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,” – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
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, whether performing solo, duo (with David “Goody” Goodrich), or sometimes even with a band, 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.”
SEASAW is Eve Wilczewski and Meg Golz, who are the sea and saw respectively. Fate and a small-town restaurant in Freeport, IL brought them together for the first time in 2010. Seasaw collaborated through four years of long-distance until the summer of 2015, when Eve joined Meg in their current residence of Madison, WI. Seasaw has since grown their powerful and charismatic sound in a way that can only be accomplished when best friends are living and creating within blocks of each other.
Keeping their folk roots in the back of their mind, the eleven songs on Seasaw’s newest album ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ (out July 22, 2016) venture head-first into the pop and indie-rock realm. The duo has transformed into a combination of commanding instrumentation, intricate harmonies, and refreshing wit that is uniquely Seasaw. Using the metaphor of a sunburn, ‘Too Much of a Good Thing’ is an exploration of metamorphosis – each song a new stage, insight, and conversation about the shared experience of any relationship. The album listens much like a mix-tape; all of the songs complimenting one another while elaborating further on the thesis of change. As a listener, you relate to the peaks and valleys of human interaction; the elation (suntan), the pain (sunburn), and finally, an acceptance (new skin).
Seasaw has had the honor of performing alongside: Lissie, Paleface, SOAK, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Run River North, You Won’t, Caroline Smith, Sonntag (formerly of Phox), We Are The Willows and many others.
JEFF STEHR is a singer songwriter from Milwaukee WI,
Jeff leads his five piece ensemble, The Tritonics, in updated varieties of Jamaican roots music; rock steady, ska and roots reggae. Their latest recording, Dance Crasher, was released in January 2016.
He also plays keyboards in the diverse, Americana oriented, John Sieger-led ensemble The Subcontinentals. Their most recent recording is The Early Years.
Jeff also writes and performs as a solo artist, banging out original songs and a diverse assortment of covers on a dreadnaught Martin guitar and a variety of Korg and Yamaha keyboard instruments.
Jeff is grateful for the experience gained and friendships made while playing in ensembles like World Roots, Brave New Groove, Mark Truesdell and The Lost Pioneers, C- Food Buffet, The Al Pike Blues Band and Mt. Zion Sound System.