Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing.
Ellis Paul will perform on Friday, September 8 at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org.
Paul grew up in a potato farming family in Maine and earned a track scholarship to Boston College. He got his musical start at Boston’s open mic scene, while studying to be a social worker. He emerged out of the Boston music scene during a time when contemporary folk was beginning to come into the mainstream. It was a time and a place that nurtured some of the country’s top singer/songwriters, like Martin Sexton, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, to name a few. Ellis was one of its more memorable exponents, and he earned his place on the national map with 20+ years of playing 150-200 shows annually. He’s also the recipient of 15 Boston Music Awards and he has 19 releases, a documentary film, a book of poems/short stories, and children’s book projects to his credit.
Ellis’ songs have been featured on Hollywood soundtracks in films such as: Me, Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal and Hall Pass, as well as TV shows and documentary films. He has performed on stages at the Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall, and clubs and coffeehouses all over the world. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Maine, and was inducted into the Maine Music Hall of Fame.
“What amazes me is how Ellis continues to create jaw-dropping songs on each new album.” — Rob Reinhart, Executive Producer, Acoustic Cafe
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