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Nick Mulvey - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

As a founding member of Portico Quartet, the Mercury Prize-nominated experimental jazz group, Nick Mulvey played the hang, an unusual percussive instrument that resembles a space-age wok and emits a haunting, trembling tone. But despite the success of Portico Quartet, Mulvey was restless to return to guitar-based music, attracted to the lyrical confidence and technical prowess of songwriters like Paul Simon, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

Mintun at the Keys

by Rich Conaty
Photo by Mark Alan Vieira

Some Sundays there are ten birthdays, and some, like tonight, there are three. But they're solid: Fanny Brice, Denny Dennis and Ethel Waters, all singers. Curiously, no band leaders, songwriters or instrumentalists. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. At times like these, I think, "Guest!" There aren't many people who "work" for "The Big Broadcast." In the early years of the show, there were still people around I play: Connie and Vet Boswell, Edward Eliscu, Cab Calloway, Ben Selvin, and I was fortunate to have them on the air.

UKNY On FUV For October 25: Mercury Prize Preview

by Kara Manning
The Mercury Prize Shortlist (courtesy of

Since 1992, one of most prestigious awards given to a British or Irish album each year is the Mercury Prize, an accolade that also carries a purse of £20,000 (about $32,000) and the promise of increased sales (although that's not always the case). Every September, a shortlist of 12 fine albums is announced, selected by a panel of music industry types. This  Wednesday, October 29,  the nominated artists and bands will perform at London's Roundhouse, eat a nice dinner, likely drink a little too much wine and discover, by night's end, if their album has indeed won the Mercury Prize.

So on tonight's UKNY at 11, the equation is pretty simple: we'll hear one track from all of the nominated albums, an eclectic shortlist of releases from Damon Albarn, GoGo Penguin, Kate Tempest, FKA Twigs, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, Polar Bear, Anna Calvi, Young Fathers, Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey and Jungle.