Troubadour of trauma: Peter Mulvey
Peter Mulvey is an acclaimed guitarist of enviable talent, beloved by critics, and a tireless performer who tours incessantly. He is also an old-fashioned rabble-rousing folk singer in the tradition of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. A troubadour with a resonant baritone, he got his start in the early 1990s while attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he has played the streets of Dublin and Boston. In the past year he has attracted attention for “Take Down Your Flag,” a viral “living song” about removing the Confederate battle flag from public spaces in South Carolina, written to honor the victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre. Professional and amateur musicians have added their own verses and uploaded them to YouTube. He also wrote a song about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Mulvey plays at Gig Performance Space (1808 Second St., www.gigsantafe.com) on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $23 in advance, may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com; it’s $26 at the door.