Ellis Paul with Lili Anel
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Celebrating 25 years as a touring musician, Ellis Paul has released 17 adult albums and two children’s albums, published two children's books and has garnered many awards from the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Award (1994) to 14 Boston Music Awards – including Folk Act of the Year. In 2015, he founded the New England Songwriters’ Retreat (NESR), an annual 4-day weekend retreat held in early September at The Guest House in Chester, CT. (See www.newenglandsongwritersretreat.com.)
“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” – The New York Times
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s
a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also
encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era
overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen
certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their
own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a
coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.
Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Although 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. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for
redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of
love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.
Ellis recently announced a fundraiser for his forthcoming new release The Storyteller’s Suitcase. For more details about The Storyteller’s Suitcase and how you can be part of the crowdfunding, please visit Ellis’ website where he has posted a video with details about the forthcoming release: www.ellispaul.com.
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