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Nick Mulvey / September and October 2017 UK/Irish Tour

By on Thursday, 29th June 2017 at 8:00 am

It’s been awhile since we wrote about Nick Mulvey here at TGTF. The folk singer/songwriter has been relatively quiet the last two years, but he resurfaced at Glastonbury last weekend. Following that performance, Mulvey has announced a new album and a list of tour dates in the UK and Ireland to support its release. The new LP, titled ‘Wake Up Now’, is due out on the 8th of September via Fiction Records and will include two already released singles, ‘Unconditional’ and ‘Myela’. You can watch the promo video for ‘Unconditional’ just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following UK and Irish shows will go on sale tomorrow, Friday, the 30th of June, at 9 AM. For those of you across the pond, a U.S. tour announcement is said to be forthcoming. TGTF’s previous coverage of Nick Mulvey is right through here.

Wednesday 27th September 2017 – Belfast Empire Music Hall
Thursday 28th September 2017 – Dublin Button Factory
Sunday 1st October 2017 – Liverpool Academy
Monday 2nd October 2017 – Exeter Lemon Grove
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 – Bristol Academy
Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Manchester Ritz
Friday 6th October 2017 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 7th October 2017 – Leeds Church
Monday 9th October 2017 – Birmingham Institute
Tuesday 10th October 2017 – Newcastle Wylam Brewery Palace of Arts
Wednesday 11th October 2017 – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Thursday 12th October 2017 – Glasgow ABC
Saturday 14th October 2017 – Cardiff Great Hall
Sunday 15th October 2017 – Bournemouth Academy
Monday 16th October 2017 – Cambridge Junction
Tuesday 17th October 2017 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 19th October 2017 – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion



Live Review: Nick Mulvey at Gateshead Sage – 27th October 2014

By on Wednesday, 5th November 2014 at 2:00 pm

As a music writer it’s very easy to get sucked into some sort of hyper-critical vortex of opinionation, with the poor musician at its centre but paradoxically just a bit-part player, the catalyst for the writer’s real agenda. So it was with my last review of the perfectly serviceable Jon Allen, and so it will be again this week with the discussion of Nick Mulvey.

It’s always a rather curve-ball start to the evening by being kept waiting so long for the press ticket to be found that one entirely misses the support act. Suffice to say that if Sivu is as good live as his album, I very much regret that I didn’t get to see him play. Not that I’d have actually seen much of him – the seat that this review was written from was the worst in the house, actually behind the stage, on a balcony of such restricted view that even though I watched him play for more than an hour, I had no idea what Nick Mulvey actually looked like. Until I got up from my cheap seat and moved around a bit. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead. In a bizarre puritanical flourish, I am informed that my 5-quid plastic cup of beer isn’t permitted on the upper levels of the Sage Hall 2. So this review was written without the reflective assistance of an alcoholic beverage – until I cracked open my hip flask. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead*. Finally, no photo pass can be “found”, which means this review is unaccompanied by the usual high-quality photography. So I took some with my iPhone. Ha – screw you, Sage Gateshead**.

You might expect the negative tone to influence the review of Mulvey himself, but you’d be wrong. How dare you, dear reader, question this writer’s professional integrity? For it turns out that Mulvey is a purveyor of delicately robust songs with just the right amount of virtuoso playing, traditional songwriting chops, avant-garde arrangements, and plain simple funkiness, that tonight’s performance is truly a beautiful thing to behold. The audience are largely converts, with a surprising number being capable of mouthing along to a surprising number of songs. He’s clearly popular with the ladies, particularly those well-dressed ones in their late 20s and early 30s (which make up the majority of the crowd), perhaps nurturing a fantasy that they could get to know the lithe, bearded Mr Mulvey a little better than a brief encounter at the merch stand might allow.

With Mulvey promoting his Mercury-nominated début ‘First Mind’, tonight’s show is a run-through of said collection’s salient parts, which is to say, pretty much all of it. Mulvey is an accomplished finger-style nylon-string player, his unusual, percussive technique rich with African influences. ‘April’ is an appropriately atmospheric start, with its flamenco-style picking and obscure percussion. Non-album track ‘House of Saint Give Me’ is a surprise addition, but it’s not until ‘Meet Me There’ that the crowd really start to get enthusiastic, and you know from that point Mulvey’s got them in the palm of his hand. The band’s pretty good, too: there’s loads of synth squelches, an electric upright bass and a girl on percussive noises. There’s also a hang, a nod to Mulvey’s previous life in Portico Quartet, although it only gets an outing on the very last song.

Highlights? Pretty much all of it, but the undulating rhythm of ‘Juramidam’ and its lucked harmonics are distinctive and funky, ‘Fever to the Form”s familiarity works in its favour, and the set-climaxing ‘Nitrous’, incorporating as it does Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’, is both familiar and novel, providing a comforting circularity to climax the gig. Live, Mulvey brings life to what is perhaps a modestly cerebral record, adding funkiness and power where on record it is delicacy and rumination. On this showing, he has a rare ability to connect with an audience, and manages to walk that fine line between populism and credibility with ease.


* I’d be quite prepared to take some sort of manual handling test to prove that I am capable of taking a drink into the first floor balcony of an auditorium without spilling it on the performers below. What say you, Sage Gateshead? I demand a drinking test!

** The Sage is a superb venue, world-class in every respect, except in its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, for which it scores nothing out of ten. If they are on a mission to remove every element of decadence, to reduce the act of gig-going to a sober, well-dressed, well-behaved act of expensive self-flagellation, they couldn’t be doing a better job.


Video of the Moment #1664: Nick Mulvey

By on Saturday, 1st November 2014 at 10:00 am

Nick Mulvey has had a whirlwind year of touring in 2014, including an appearance at American music festival SXSW, a summer trip to Australia, and a full autumn tour of the UK. The video for ‘I Don’t Want to Come Home’, the next single from Mulvey’s album ‘First Mind’, was partially filmed during his voyage Down Under, where sun-drenched stretches of road led to the joyous festivity of live performance. Interspersed with the Australian imagery are glimpses of Mulvey in the studio with his fellow in folk Johnny Flynn as the two recorded the new single version of ‘I Don’t Want To Come Home’.

Cleverly backed by Mulvey’s Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home’, the new single is available now in digital form, with physical release to follow on the 15th of December via Fiction Records.



Nick Mulvey / March 2015 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at 9:00 am

Mercury Prize 2014 nominee Nick Mulvey has just announced some new live dates for the beginning of next year. These new shows are in addition to his September dates in America and his upcoming October tour of the UK. A full listing of Mulvey’s live shows can be found on his official Web site. Tickets for the following shows will be on sale beginning Friday the 19th of September at 9 AM. Below the tour date listing, you can watch a live video of Mulvey performing ‘Juramidam’, from his recent album ‘First Mind’, at the iTunes Festival last week.

Monday 23rd March 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Tuesday 24th March 2015 – Glasgow Old Fruitmarket
Wednesday 25th March 2015 – Bristol Academy
Friday 27th March 2015 – London Roundhouse



The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Saturday): Nick Mulvey performs acoustic ‘Fever to the Form’ at the BBC Music Tent

By on Monday, 30th June 2014 at 1:00 am

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

The kind of artist you immediately think of who would go perfectly in an environment like the BBC Music Tent at Glastonbury 2014 would be Nick Mulvey, am I right? Here is Mulvey on Saturday with nothing but his voice and guitar, after his appearance opening the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm on Friday. Once you’re through with that, I recommend you get some shut eye, because that is exactly what we’re doing. See you in the morning!

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.



WIN / Tix to Original Penguin Plugged In session June 2014 in London starring Nick Mulvey and THUMPERS

By on Monday, 9th June 2014 at 11:00 am

Fashion house Original Penguin are hosting a series of intimate (100 capacity) gigs at the famed London venue the Hospital Club, which has played host to the reveal night of the Mercury Prize nominees in past years. This month’s show on Wednesday the 18th of June promises to be a special one and stars two acts on the rise.

Before Nick Mulvey (pictured at top) landed on the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist, our Carrie had written quite a bit about him already here for TGTF and she also caught up with the lovely man for a chat in Austin at SXSW before his appearance at the Communion showcase there Friday night. London’s THUMPERS also made their debut at SXSW this year, wowing audiences all over Austin with their brand of alt-pop.

The only way into this special show is if you sign up here at Original Penguin to put your name in for the company’s lucky draw. Or is it? No, we wouldn’t do that to you, our faithful TGTF readers. We’ve managed to blag two pairs of tickets to the show so two lucky winners and their guests can enjoy the show on us. Fancy your chances? Then complete the form below.

First, we’ll need your full name and your email address. Then to make sure you’re serious about going (and also to confirm you’re not a robot!), you’ll need to correctly answer this question: what is the name of Nick Mulvey’s debut album? (Hint: Carrie mentions the album title in this review from Austin.) Get your entries in by noon British time on Wednesday the 11th of June. We’ll choose two winners from all the correct entries received and contact them by email. Good luck! Please note: this contest is open to UK residents only who can get themselves to London for the show, and the winner and guest must be 18+ or you will be turned away at the door (and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed). All duplicate entries will be discarded.

This contest is now closed. The winners will be contacted by email.


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