Mustard’s Retreat is a singer/songwriter musical trio composed of Libby Glover, Michel Hough and David Tamulevich. They formed in the Spring of 1975 in Ann Arbor, MI, which is still their home base. Libby Glover was born and raised in Flint, MI and had extensive musical training as she was growing up. Michael Hough grew up mainly in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield: his family was very musical with singing and playing being an integral part of the family gathering, David Tamulevich came to Ann Arbor from Connecticut in 1972 to attend the University of Michigan. His mother played the viola in a college orchestra, and his sister played piano.and he studied piano and sang in a church choir before discovering folk music via Pete Seeger.
The trio very quickly became popular enough for all three of them to quit their other jobs and do music full time. After a few years, Glover moved out of state, and Hough and Tamulevich continued on as Mustard’s Retreat, establish a reputation for fine song writing, recordings and live performances. They worked mostly the club circuit in southeast MI. By the mid 1980s they decided that what they really wanted to be doing was concerts, ( and Tamulevich wanted more time home with his young daughter), so the both found other work: Tamulevich as a folk music agent /manager, and Hough as a photographer. They kept up a concert schedule of about 20 appearances/year, focusing on coffeehouses and festivals. They now keep their performance schedule to 50-60 shows/year.
Their first album was entitled “Mustard’s Retreat”, which they self produced and released in 1979. They had some state wide success with the 45 they released from it, the A side being their song “ The Ballad of the Craft Lady”, backed by the traditional “ Shenendoah” Glover, though no loner performing with the duo, figured prominently .
Home by the Morning 1984 was the second released ( Glover appeared on 2 of the tracks). Initially self released, it was picked up and re-released by Eagle Records. When Eagle Records folded, the recording was picked up by Red House Records.
Their next recording, Midwinter’s Night (1987) was also released on Red House Records, and was nominated for Best Folk Album of the Year by the National Association of Independent Record Producers
5 Miles or 50,000 Years in 1994 was their first “live” recording. That, and the subsequent release
The Wind & the Crickets 1997 was released on Palmetto Records.
When Palmetto dropped their singer/songwriter division, the duo decided to self release the own CDs again. A Resolution of Something came out in 2003.
A Gathering of Moments , largely a solo project by Tamulevich,came out in 2005, along with MR 7 and a CD version of their 1979 release supplemented with additional material called The First Album Plus.
A pair of “live” CDs followed, "There…and Back Again" (2007) and "With Relish" (2008). The tracks were drawn from various concert recordings,as well as selections from a radio show they had for 5 years in Flint, MI.
Studio recordings followed: "Living in the Dream" (2011) "A Good Place to Be" (2013) , and another project by Tamulevich, "A Gathering of Moments II" (2015). The trio reformed when Glover moved back to Michigan, and in 2018 they released "Make Your Own Luck". Central to this project was the Flint Water Crisis. Tamulevich rewrote verses to a song by Don Lange called “ Take the Children and Run,” and Christine Lavin produced a powerful video to go with it.
Hough and Tamulevich are also members of The Yellow Room Gang,a songwriting cooperative based in southeast MI. In addition to workshops and performances, the co-op has released 4 recordings.
The Yellow Room Gang 2006
Happy New Day 2008
Live at Big Sky 2011
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