Phinney Center Concert Hall (Brick Building down the hill) Seattle, WA
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Ellis Paul in Concert
The Seattle Folklore Society is pleased to host Ellis Paul in our Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge series.
A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- are all fair labels for this artist, but they do not quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place to know Ellis Paul. It is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic tales of our lives. Singer-songwriter great Bill Morrissey paid Ellis perhaps the ultimate compliment, saying " Ellis was always himself; he didn't try to separate himself from his audiences. Perhaps it's because he's a Mainer; there's no pretense, and I think audiences sense that." Launching his career in Massachusetts, Ellis has been called the quintessential Boston songwriter more than a few times and has garnered the recognition and awards to back up that claim. Since coming onto the scene in 1993 with his independent debut Say Something, Ellis continues strong as a performer or a writer. Spending two-thirds of most years on the road has helped him perfect both crafts, with a lot of practice on-stage and a lot of people whose stories he retells in song. In fact, his 1994 album Stories proved popular enough to secure him with Rounder Records, and build him a national following of dedicated fans. Over the years and albums, his songs have gotten more personal. He purposely turned the looking glass onto his own life for 1998's aptly titled Translucent Soul. He has turned out cds consistently through his 20+ year career. In 2008 he released a children's music cd, Dragonfly Races, which was inspired by the birth of his second daughter. His most recent cd, The City of Silver Dreams is his 18th.