In 1989, guitarist Pete Mulvey set out on a restless path toward musical consequence. First, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of a street performer. After returning to the United States, he played full-time in Boston's extensive subway network. And, more recently, he biked 1,100 miles from Michigan to Massachusetts, playing 10 gigs along the way.

In 1989, guitarist Pete Mulvey set out on a restless path toward musical consequence. First, he traveled to Ireland, where he learned the trade of a street performer. After returning to the United States, he played full-time in Boston's extensive subway network. And, more recently, he biked 1,100 miles from Michigan to Massachusetts, playing 10 gigs along the way.

The Milwaukee-based singer and songwriter will perform a concert hosted by St. Clair Productions at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Mulvey is touring in support of his 12th album, "Letters From a Flying Machine."

Throughout his 20-year career as a traveling musician, Mulvey's motto has been: "When you love what you do, you can work all the time." Over the years, he immersed himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, Americana and modern acoustic music. He has shared the stage with several esteemed artists, including Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls and Greg Brown.

Mulvey has produced his last seven solo records with indie record label Signature Sounds Recordings. "The Trouble with Poets," released in 2000, features a title track, which is Mulvey's most popular song. "Ten Thousand Mornings," released in 2002, was recorded live on Boston's Davis Square subway platform, where he entertained commuters every morning.

On his tour through Ashland. Mulvey will offer two workshops — "Song De- and Reconstruction," in which he will examine a handful of his songs and deconstruct them to illustrate each individual segment, and "Guitar Techniques," in which he will discuss alternate tunings, single-string theory and other techniques to help in the composing process. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., respectively, Monday, Sept. 13, at the Unitarian Center. Workshops are $25 each or $40 for both.

For more information or to register, see www.stclairevents.com or call 541-535-3562.