Monday, February 27, 2012

Mullins, Callaghan return to Wheeler
for Indy Acoustic Cafe Series

Just about a year ago, Shawn Mullins came to Indianapolis to perform as part of the Indy Acoustic Cafe Series at the Wheeler Art Community Center. I went to the show, but didn't take pictures for reasons I won't get into here.

Mullins returned to Indianapolis last Friday, and singer-songwriter Callaghan, a UK native who makes her home in Atlanta, Ga., opened for him -- just like she did last year. And just like last year, the show was a sellout, which I'm sure delighted Series organizer Mark Butterfield, who donates all beverage sales proceeds from the shows to charity.

It was a great show -- Callaghan was clearly excited about the imminent release of her first CD, "Life in Full Colour," which is due out in May, although people attending Friday's show were able to purchase advance copies. Mullins also has a new album to promote, "Light You Up," and he played several songs from it, including the title track, "California" and "The Ghost of Johnny Cash." The latter was one of two encore numbers; the other was "Lullaby," a Billboard Top Ten hit in 1999. He also sang "Beautiful Wreck," a single from his 2006 album "9th Ward Pickin' Parlor."

Callaghan will be back in Indianapolis in less than two weeks; she headlines a show at 8 p.m. March 8 at the Irving Theater, 5505 E. Washington St. Opening for her is an Indianapolis duo that goes by the name the Yellow Kites. Tickets are $8.

The pictures here are from the Callaghan and Shawn Mullins show in Indy this past Friday. Joining Mullins for his set was Patrick Blanchard (pictured at top with Mullins, who's on the right). Blanchard plays bass for Mullins' usual band and played electric lead for Friday's show. Callaghan joined the two for two songs late during Mullins' set, both tunes that Mullins said were new compositions. For the second number, Mullins and Callaghan stepped away from the microphones and stood at the edge of the stage, front and center. They were no more than 3 feet from the people in the front row.

There are additional pictures at my Facebook photography page; follow this link for the Mullins set and this link for the Callaghan set.

To see complete galleries, follow this link for Mullins ... and this link for Callaghan.


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