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Ellis Paul on Tell Us A Tale

Ellis Paul
on Tell Us A Tale
Sunday, February 3, 2008, Noon-2Pm

Ellis Paul

"Paul is one of folkdom's most incisive and intimate songwriters. Now a doting father, his first family album, "Dragonfly Races," bubbles with buoyant, hummable songs that appeal to kids and parents - and incite good conversations between them. As simple as the songs are, they don't duck tough issues; a fairy tale, for instance, becomes a timely political allegory about leaders who peddle fear for their own purposes. Paul sings movingly about what really worries new parents and turns lazy dragonflies, gentle monsters, and resilient roses into useful metaphors for world peace, the power of faith, and the delights of a sleepy day. It's nice to see a world-class songwriter focus on kids without lowering either his sights or his standards."

-- Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

Ellis Paul is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi platinum act Aerosmith. Since launching from Boston, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.

The Bost Globe heralds him as a "songwriter's songwriter" saying "no emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters." USA Today's national feature on Ellis was titled, "Best Bet for Stardom" which has come true after 15 years of non-stop touring. He has shared the stage with such notable artists as John Mayer, Bill Morrisey, Shawn Colvin, and John Gorka early on and quickly progressed to headlining concerts and festivals.

Ellis averages 150 shows a year and travels across America and Europe, playing every place from church basements to Carnegie Hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame invited Ellis to pay tribute to his hero Woody Guthrie, who has influenced and inspired Ellis in a profound way. Woody's daughter Nora requested that Ellis compose the music to the lyrics of Woody's song "God's Promise" which he released and has been subsequently covered by numerous artists.

Ellis' songs have appeared in the soundtracks for several movies, including "Me Myself & Irene" with Jim Carey and "Shallow Hal" with Jack Black. Movie director Peter Farrelly one half of the Farrelly Brothers, has praised Ellis' music as "a national treasure." Ellis' songs have also appeared on numerous television shows including "Ed" and MTV's "The Real World"

Ellis Paul is a master storyteller. He combines the sensibilities of Bob Dylan and Bill Morrisey and delivers it with passion that sets him apart in the company of a new breed of songwriters.

Performing Songwriter Magazine

Ellis Paul

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