THE Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey welcomes two US music acts of the highest quality in the coming week.
Peter Mulvey (Saturday, March 22) is one of the most respected US singer songwriters of the last 20 years with 15 albums to his name. Meanwhile The Revelers (Tuesday, March 25) are a six piece Cajun supergroup with from Lafayette Louisiana who have won widespread acclaim and invitations to appear at festivals across the globe.
With a career spanning 20 years and 15 albums Peter Mulvey is a living breathing embodiment of the great American songbook. With a voice that feels like old leather and a guiar that sounds like it’s on steroids he exudes talent. His sound combines Tom Waits with Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson with Thelonius Monk, addressing each tune with a true artists touch.
His mirthful, gravelly baritone is front and centre, each song a master class in restraint, phrasing and commitment.Twenty-odd years on the road has generated a vast, varied catalogue combined with a deep well of classic and obscure covers Peter is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores.
The Revellers are a Cajun supergroup formed when founding members of two of the mightiest forces in American roots music – The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys – came together. Louisiana Cajun kings, The Revelers are now firmly established as true ambassadors for their music.
Rightly described by renowned BBC World Music radio presenter Lopa Kothari as “a Louisiana supergroup” they happily look back to better times, recapturing some of the feel-good essence of the past.
It’s nostalgic, gutsy and pulsating as the fabulous six-piece recall an era when music was played for no other reason than it was coursing through the veins and had to come out. When the band released the debut album, it won them widespread acclaim and invitations to appear at major festivals across the globe.
Tickets for both gigs are available from The Balor 0749131840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com