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Ellis Paul 12/8/12 + Video

Ellis Paul 12/8/12 ellispaul.com / Jack Looney
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  • Date Recorded: December 8, 2012
  • Artist / Band: Ellis Paul
  • Hosting Show: Musical Merry-Go-Round
  • Sound: Drew Freiberger
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul is a keen observer of the world around him, drawing a wealth of captivating songs from the people he's known and the places he's been.

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Originally from Maine, Paul emerged from the Boston folk scene in the early 1990s. He was part of the diverse and vibrant community of singer-songwriters that produced the likes of Dar Williams, Patty Griffin and Jonatha Brooke, and many of those contemporaries have appeared on his records over the years. His pop-friendly brand of acoustic folk has garnered much critical praise, earning him a number of Boston Music Awards and gaining his songs placement in numerous commercials, TV shows and movies, including three Farrelly Brothers films.

Paul considers himself a descendant in the folk lineage of Woody Guthrie, and bears a tattoo of that iconic folksinger on his arm. He appeared as part of the Guthrie tribute tour, "Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway," and was even made an honorary citizen of Guthrie's birthplace, Okemah, Okla. Paul's songs are built on his formidable considerable skills as a guitarist; he is a veteran performer whose solo acoustic shows are beloved by fans the across the country and around the world.

Parenthood inspired Paul to dabble in children's music, and he has released two albums of kid's songs to date. The first, "The Dragonfly Races," was inspired by the birth of his second daughter. Nevertheless, he continues to write and perform primarily for adults, and Paul's career continues with a new album due out in 2013.

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