Akin to the Jonathan Richman of jangle pop, Mark Mulcahy is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who hails from New England. Mulcahy first rose to prominence in the ’80s with his band Miracle Legion, who released a string of albums up through the mid-’90s before the band dissolved. It was then that Mulcahy, along with a couple of his Miracle Legion cohorts, would go on to create Polaris, a group that would serve as the “house band” of the influential Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete and Pete. Along with his work with other bands, Mulcahy has also had a substantial solo career, beginning in 1997 with Fathering, which was released on his own label, Mezzotint Records. An EP, I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again, arrived in 2000, along with another full-length, Smilesunset, the following year.
In 2005 Mulcahy delivered two releases, the full-length In Pursuit of Your Happiness and an EP, Love’s the Only Thing That Shuts Me Up. After the passing of his wife Melissa in 2008, Mulcahy was the subject of the tribute album Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy. Featuring artists like Thom Yorke, The National, Michael Stipe, and Frank Black, the album showed the reach that his music has had over the years.
After taking a step back from music, Mulcahy did a handful of reunion shows with Polaris in 2012 before releasing his fourth full-length, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You, in 2013. In 2016, Mulcahy reunited with Miracle Legion for a concert tour, which was documented with a live album, 2017’s Annulment. Also in 2017, Mulcahy released his sixth solo album, The Possum in the Driveway.
– Gregory Heaney, Rovi
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A constantly evolving, consistently changing series of musical performances by a band that never plays the same songs in the same way twice. Chris Harford has been playing music now for decades. He has surrounded himself with musicians his whole life, playing with some of the best out there. I can name names, but the actual players are less of an issue that the attitude that he, and all the musicians he plays with, take on. In the spirit of Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, Chris invites musicians he meets to be in his band whenever he hears or sees something special. This has resulted in a legacy of players, many of whom have moved on to form or be part of enormously successful bands, but who are always happy to come home and play Chris’ music for the sake of playing Chris’ music. You might see him play solo acoustic on a Monday night at the local bar. Or you might see him as a DJ teasing tunes out of the ‘X-Box’.It might also be an acoustic guitar duo, with some other guitar slinger in the area or with an upright or electric bass player. He may decide to add a drummer, or a percussionist to the mix on a given night. Or perhaps assemble a full rock band. You might see keyboards, or three guitars, or two drummers, or all of the above. His music has compelled tapers that live in his area to try to capture and archive every performance he plays due to the magic that invariably appears in his sets. Like many bands that have had people tape their music live, every note is not perfect, and every string is not always in tune, but at some point during every performance, something special happens. It could be a different time signature, a ballad played as a blues, or a forgotten passage that forces spontaneous creativity out of the band. No one knows what will happen next. Not even Chis, it would seem. And that’s the way he wants it. Everyone on their toes….ready to innovate when necessary…at the drop of a hat. What kind of music do they play? All kinds: Folk music, rock music, happy music, sad music, loud music, quiet music. All music. See them. Then see them again. And again. Download some of his free live music from archive.org. Then see them again. Then try to stop. I bet you can’t.. I’ll see you there. -Peter W. ( taper of “Petey’s Picks”- see music section)