brilliant, incisive singer and songwriter
$20.50 advance / $22.50 at door
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January 18 8:00 pm
With an engaging conversational style, Ellis Paul delivers his tunes in a high, clear voice that gets you right in the heart. He tells touching and tender stories in songs that meld a pop sensibility with an abiding respect for the storytelling tradition of masters like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. His finely chiseled, deeply humane songs have won him more than a dozen Boston Music Awards. He’s released 18 albums in his twenty-year career, including, most recently, a children’s album, A Hero for You, and a holiday album, City of Silver Dreams, that the website No Depression calls “a collection with multi-faceted personality, offering both melodic romanticism and a folk styled humor that twinkles with good natured fun.” Ellis’s shows are inspiring and intimate, full of wonder and whimsy and beautiful songs.
Ellis was born in 1965 in Fort Kent, Maine, a potato-farming town near the Canadian border. He went to Boston College on a track scholarship, suffered an inury in his his junior year, and took up guitar. Soon he was singing at open mics and clubs throughout New England. After working as a teacher and a social worker for a few years, he quit his day job and started earning a living as a touring musician. His songs have also found their way to featured spots on television shows and in the movies, including the Farrelly Brothers’ Me, Myself and Irene and Shallow Hal. “I'm a folk musician,” he says, “in that I'm writing about real life. It’s journalistic, writing what I see and what I know, the times we’re in, and the things that people face today.”
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