To begin with, the individual interviewed this week is an old colleague of mine, he’s been responsible for setting up scores of interviews over the many, many years that both of us have been involved in the music field — me as a writer, he as an artist manager helping out his clients. His name is David Tamulevich and the most recent chat he arranged was with John Gorka, which ran in the April 30 edition of “What’s Happening.” Why am I interviewing him, you may ask? Well, he has another profession. He’s one-half of the folk duo Mustard’s Retreat (his musical partner is Michael Hough) — a team that has at least 11 CDs out. The latest CD is 2013’s “A Good Place To Be.” The two of them are coming to the Chocolate Church in Bath to open for singer/songwriter, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary). It was interesting discovering this “new” side of an old friend and I called him at his Ann Arbor, Michigan, home, I began by asking the usual opening question:

Q: Have you ever played in Maine before?

Tamulevich: Yes, we played Stone Mountain (Arts Center in Brownfield) last year in March and then we’ve played several times at Lobster Fest up in Rockland.

Q: Have you ever performed at the Chocolate Church there in Bath?

Tamulevich: No, we never have — as you know, I’ve booked people in there over the years but never have done it, so I’m pretty excited because I’ve heard wonderful things about it.

Q: And every one of them is true.


Tamulevich: Oh good!

Q: Now, do you do much touring with Peter Yarrow?

Tamulevich: Well, we maybe do about a dozen shows a year — whenever it works out, I mean this run is going to be a three-day run: Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut. We tend to do 50 to 60 shows a year and it’s mostly a weekend thing like that: three shows and we go back home. It’s the compromise that you make when you stop doing this full-time. We did it full-time for about 10 years starting in the 70s and it was mostly bar work which was the best training ground we ever had to learn how to perform, but we wanted to play for people who wanted to listen. We both got other jobs and started doing concerts, but we’ve been doing this for 41 years, we do 50 to 60 shows a year, we’ve put out CDs, we go where people want to hear us, we have a successful like and a successful career — we are where we want to be and we love working in the folk community. I mean, everything is about sell, sell, sell in the world today in the media and the pop music industry, and folk music is about sharing your experience. I get more out of the people that we meet and the places that we go than, I think, the audience gets from us. That’s what makes it worthwhile to me and after all these years we know people everywhere.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to pass on to the readers of this article, especially seeing this will be a venue debut?

Tamulevich: Well, it’s just such a privilege to work with Peter. I mean, here he is a living legend. So we are honored to play the Chocolate Church with him. We do a short opening set and then Peter joins us when we do my song “(Ours is a) Simple Faith,” which is the end of our set. That song was the last song that Peter, Paul & Mary were rehearsing when Mary suddenly became sick and passed away — they were working it up to record and release, so it’s always been a special song for Peter. But at the end of his set, we’ll come out and join him for the end of the show. It’ll be a great show and our set isn’t a long one so they won’t have to tolerate a whole lot of us before they get to Peter. But I would also add that it’s not just a concert that you’re coming to, it is a transformative experience. Even if it’s just an evening it’s an evening of community — I always struggle with how to convey that to people. (

Lucky Clark has spent more than 45 years writing about good music and the people who make it. He can be reached at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

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