Thursday July 11, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Katie Mullins and The Bell Cycle perform at Equilibrium, 14 Elm St., on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission to this all-ages show is by suggested donation of $10.

A former opera singer and actress, Mullins released her debut album, "Pastoral," in 2009, establishing herself as a singer/songwriter who moves beyond the typical "girl with guitar" mold. On "Wedding," her second album, released in 2013, she sings with the same rich voice and uses unexpected instruments like the mbira, a thumb-piano in the Zimbabwean tuning that she made herself, in addition to a baritone ukulele and keyboards.

Her music is as unassuming as it is ambitious with its haunting vocal layering and dream-like lyrics, creating a mood that seems simultaneously imaginary and real. For information, visit katiemullinsmusic.com.

The Bell Cycle is a two-headed monster hell-bent on bringing the All Encompassing Universal Vibration of Love Light (AEUVLL) to all forms of sentient life on this planet. It bears within it the living souls of Isabel Castellvi and Rob Chamberlain. Multi-instrumentalists both, the two pluck cello strings, shred guitar strings, batter drums, sing and transmit digital samples of sound waves they’ve collected throughout their lifetimes to further shed Love Light wherever they may traverse.

For more information,visit thebellcycle.com.