Around the world in 12 hours

No news has been good news I hope.  Back on track for the brand spankin’ new year.

Friday January 23 is an OPEN STAGE from 7:30-10.

Saturday January 24 will be a ukelectic event with JIM & VIVIAN CRAIG and FRED CAMPEAU & MITCH THOMAS, 2 couples, 4 old friends who go back with us to the Green Dragon days. In addition to their tight vocal blending, the foursome stretch out with some instrumental surprises: Viv and Mitch on ukuleles, Fred on guitar, banjo, and Hawaiian resonator guitar, and Jim on concertina, guitar, and bass ukulele which is really cool. There’ll be old songs, blue songs, and some new songs, written by Jim and Viv.

Fred Campeau and Mitch Thomas have been a team since the early 70’s, when they met while both were performing around Chicago. Fred plays guitar, banjo, fiddle and harmonica, and was a long-time member of the Volo Bogtrotters. In addition to playing guitar, banjo and ukulele, Mitch teaches choir, theater and uke, and is a two-time winner of the Wheatland Festival Folksinging Contest.

Jim and Vivian Craig have been harmonizing for almost forty years. When not loosely affiliated with Mitch and Fred, Jim and Viv perform with Chicago-based Na Mele Aloha, an Hawaiian music ensemble.

Sunday January 25 PETER MULVEY will be basing his one day world tour from the shores of the Cafe Carpe.  Note the part about the regular ol’ gig.  We will open at 4:30 and serving food until 6:30 or 7.

Here’s how it goes from the horses’s mouth:

On Sunday, January 25th, I’ll be playing a 12 hour online concert, streaming through Concert Window, live from the Cafe Carpe. Starting at 8am, I’ll play twelve 45-minute sets, without repeating a song. There will be a few special guests and a few other surprises. Each hour I’ll take one request (voting via Twitter and Facebook) and answer one question from the online audience. This is a “Pay what you want” event.

AND THERE’S MORE: If you live near the Cafe Carpe, you can show up in person (call to reserve) for the last two sets from 6-8, which will be a regular ol’ gig. Though, fair warning, you’ll be seeing the eleventh and twelfth sets of music I’ll be playing that day. I might be fairly ragged. Also I might be levitating.

ALSO, each hour I’ll be giving a shout-out to a different non-profit, and both I and Concert Window have agreed to donate half the proceeds with these twelve non-profits.

Hour 1: Relief International, Los Angeles, CA
Hour 2: Public Allies, Milwaukee, WI
Hour 3: The National Youth Science Foundation, Charleston, WV
Hour 4: People for Bikes, Boulder, CO
Hour 5: Camp Blodgett, West Olive, MI
Hour 6: No Kid Hungry, Washington, DC
Hour 7: The Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, WI
Hour 8: The Loisaba Wilderness Conservancy, Saratoga Springs. NY
Hour 9: The Wisconsin Bike Fed, Milwaukee, WI
Hour 10: Black Girls Code, San Francisco, CA
Hour 11: Rails to Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC
Hour 12: Heart of the City, Fort Atkinson, WI
Baker’s Dozen: Pine Ridge Reservation Health Services, Pine Ridge, SD

This is for all of you who ask when I’m coming to your town, and for all of you who live in places so out-of-the-way that I don’t tour there. This is a thank you, and a jaunt through my songwriting history; a throwback to my long days of busking in the subway, a chance to be of use to organizations that do some good, and also, at heart, just another quixotic idea, like touring by bicycle, or, frankly, like setting out on the road to make a life of playing music, which is what some kid, some kid I used to be, actually did, twenty-odd years ago.

Next week:
THE LOWEST PAIR,  a quirky, old-time roots influenced duet, featuring the high lonesome harmonies of banjo pickin’ songsters Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee.

BROTHERS QUINN, playing a variety of music including Irish, bluegrass, classic country, and blues; however, it’s not unusual to hear some Beatles or even Radiohead.