Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul


  • April 27, 2019 at 8:00pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door

It’s been 25 years since Ellis Paul, who grew up surrounded by the potato fields of Aroostook County, Maine, first began touring the world to sing his songs.

He’s also known as an astute observer, and a philosopher who shares the life lessons he’s learned.

More than anything else, though, Paul is a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside, expressing the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. The sharing of love, intimate, passionate and enduring.

Says the Washington Post, “His lyrics are as detailed and well-conceived as poetry. They don’t bludgeon home the point the way much folk music does — instead they dance around the heart of the song, revealing it gracefully."

Paul has been telling his tales for more than a quarter century, over the course of 19 albums, numerous critical kudos, including 15 Boston Music Awards, appearances on movie soundtracks, and the scores of stages he’s headlined near and far. “I’ve got a car with over 475,000 miles on it, and it’s my third road vehicle,” Paul declares. “I’m doing 200 shows a year for over twenty years. There isn’t a town in the country where I won’t find a friend. I’m a nomad, and I’m going to write and play until I’m gone.”

Director Peter Farrelly, who featured Paul’s music on the soundtracks of Shallow Hal, Me, Myself & Irene, and Hall Pass, has called the songwriter “a national treasure.” Nora Guthrie, whose father Woody is something of a hero to Paul, is another fan. “Wise, tender, brilliant and biting,” she’s written, “Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go, if we so choose to.”