Trou­ba­dour of trauma: Peter Mul­vey

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - -Jen­nifer Levin

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., on Fri­day, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets, $23 in ad­vance, may be pur­chased at www.brown­pa­pertick­; it’s $26 at the door.

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