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PETER MULVEY/ BILL CAMPLIN/ RANDY SABIEN/ ROSE COUSINS
May 17 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm$20
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This is part of the now semi-annual Lamplighter Sessions curated by PETER MULVEY. Click on the link to learn what this is all about.
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
RANDY SABIEN Dubbed the past, present and future of jazz violin by NPR’s Jazz Profiles, RANDY SABIEN is a regular at Big Top Chautauqua and has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Austin City Limits. His instrumental skill on the violin, guitar, mandolin, and piano, in the genres of jazz, country, and rock, is legendary. “It’s hard to imagine you could find a better violin player in the Midwest. Or anywhere else, for that matter!”
Originally from Prince Edward Island, ROSE COUSINS lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and tours internationally. Fueled by collaboration, she deeply values being a part of multiple music communities.
In live performance, it has been said “her voice draws you in until you realize you are at the heart of the storm.” (Guardian) Rose Cousins does not shy away from the more difficult feelings of the human condition. She invites audiences on a journey in raw emotion – embracing sadness, pain, and longing, counterbalanced by her dry wit and insightful observations that add levity and reassurance that there a triumph for every challenge.
To make her new record Natural Conclusion, she enlisted GRAMMY award winning producer Joe Henry and a cast of brilliant musicians and singers from Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, Halifax, Boston, Vancouver and Prince Edward Island. The result is what Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date.
So far, Natural Conclusion’s journey has brought a JUNO nomination for Songwriter of the Year, a GRAMMY nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, eight ECMA nominations / three wins (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year), and two Music Nova Scotia Awards (Americana Album of The Year and Solo Album of the Year). The album was featured on 2017 year end lists including the LA Times claiming, “…Cousins delivered an exquisite album that’s easily one of the most distinguished Americana releases of 2017.” NPR Music said “Cousins has a disarmingly fluid vocal tone and an ability to convey the most internalized emotions — disappointment, grief, resolve, forbearance — without an ounce of fuss.”
BILL CAMPLIN has a career dating back to the Middle Ages. “You might know Bill Camplin as that feisty old gray dude who cooks up a mean bowl of chili and hosts wonderful musicians with his wife Kitty at The Café Carpe in Ft. Atkinson. Think again. Bill is a dynamite songwriter and guitar picker in his own right. We’ve seen him perform in the last few years with people like Willy Porter, Peter Mulvey, and Randy Sabien. Some nights he steals the show. When Randy and Bill get together, you can count on hearing some grand tunes and great vibes.”