Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions

Radi0Swan presents: SingersRead Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

October 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 and November 1, 2021

$25 / Members $23

Peter Mulvey presents the Lamplighter Sessions

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

The Lamplighter Sessions at Club Passim began ten years ago and has evolved into a multi-night, one room festival of improvisational art- music, spoken word, visual art, and theater, usually running for a bit over a week, and always including Hallowe’en. Peter Mulvey was the initial instigator but Barry Rothman soon seized the marionette strings, or the controls of the starship, or what have you. At this point, Mulvey fills the roles of ringmaster and televangelist, while Rothman hides in plain sight, playing his phonographs onstage while making all the secret backroom deals and delivering the occasional veiled threat. Matt Smith, Abby Altman, and the rest of the Passim crew provide a firebox and the assembled musicians provide the fuel. Over the years the Sessions have included Luthier expositions, a reading of Eugene Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros”, in-the-round swaps between stars and fledglings, tributes to Greg Brown and Los Lobos, string music extravaganzas, costume parties, and one consistent event: some permutation of musicians performs Tom Waits’s classic record “Rain Dogs”. Buy a ticket to any given night: you won’t know what you’re going to hear, but that’s because the musicians don’t know either.

Passim requires all staff, performers, and patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine when they work, attend performances, classes, and workshops at Passim.  Patrons will be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club.  Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they visit the club. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance, and their ticket purchase will be refunded.

During COVID, Passim has invested in its live stream capability, and we encourage patrons who have not been vaccinated or others who don’t feel comfortable yet visiting the club to watch the live streams or attend online classes instead. If you purchased a ticket but aren’t feeling well, please stay home and watch the livestream instead.  

The City of Cambridge has issued an emergency order requiring that face masks or coverings be worn in indoor public places.  Patrons and staff must wear masks at Passim unless actively eating or drinking.  Artists may remove masks when performing and will maintain a 6-ft distance from the audience.  Visit https://www.cambridgema.gov/covid19/facecoverings for full information on the Cambridge mask mandate.

Passim is committed to providing a safe environment for all to work, listen, and enjoy live music.  It is our hope that we can ease these restrictions once further progress has been made reducing transmission of the virus.  Until then, we appreciate your patience and cooperation. 

The 10th annual Lamplighter Sessions
an eight night, one room, mini festival in Harvard Square
MONDAY 10/25
Radi0Swan presents: SingersRead
Spoon River Anthology 
by Edgar Lee Masters
read on stage by Peter Mulvey
with guest remote readers
Anais Mitchell, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Joe Henry, Mark Erelli, Griffy the Cooper, and many more…
live improvised soundtrack w/ Dinty Child, Dietrich Strause, and Barry Rothman
Peter Mulvey & Strict Mistress
w/ Ali McGuirk, Hazel Royer, Summer McCall, and Barry Rothman
w/ Peter Mulvey and Jennifer Kimball + Mike Block & Barry Rothman Duo
“like a diamond in the sky”
TEN BELIEVERS: The Lamplighters play Latin Playboys
(featuring the songs of David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos)
“seven come and seven go”
FRIDAY 10/29
noun : two people working in association toward the same goal
w/ Peter Mulvey, Jenna Moynihan, James Rohr, Barry Rothman, & Dana Colley
The Matt Smith Underground Radio Show
w/ Peter Mulvey, David Champagne, Jeremy Moses Curtis, Chris Anzalone, Barry Rothman and more…
SUNDAY 10/31
w/ Peter Mulvey, Tim Gearan, Ali McGuirk, Eric Royer’s Guitar Machine, Barry Rothman, and Special Guest Joe McGuirk
costume party!!!
Tom Waits’ classic album performed in its entirety
by Peter, Paul, & Barry w/ special guest Dinty Child
“dangled from a rope of sand”

SEATING NOTES: For Lamplighter shows, certain tables will be removed to make room for artists off stage.  Tables 1, 2, 12, & 13 will not be available.

Peter Mulvey

  • Acoustic
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Singer/Songwriter

Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston, Massachusetts. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led to a spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car and airplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.

Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.

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