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Ellis Paul, the Quintessential Folk Troubadour, Returns to MUSIC for a CHANGE Stage

Posted 04/06/2011
Posted by David Isgur

Ellis Paul, critically acclaimed as a singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour, returns to the MUSIC for a CHANGE benefit concert stage on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. Tickets are $20.

Paul is touring in support of his recently released new CD, The Day After Everything Changed.  He is one of the leading voices in American songwriting and one of the top songwriters to emerge out of the fertile Boston folk scene. He helped create a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk rock style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 90's.

His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today’s singer-songwriters — his songs regularly appear in hit movies (including the Farrelly brothers’ latest film, Hall Pass) and TV soundtracks — he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.

Paul’s folk credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every single note he plays. Most importantly, every musical step that Paul has taken over the course of his storied 20-year folk career has rung true.

One of Paul’s recent focuses has been on keeping alive the spirit of the late Woody Guthrie. He appeared on the all-star Guthrie tribute tour, “Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway.” When Guthrie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, his daughter Nora Guthrie asked Paul to sing at the celebration.

“Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, 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. Personally Ellis, I’m goin’ where you’re goin’!,” says Nora Guthrie.

The University of Hartford launched the MUSIC for a CHANGE series in the spring of 2000, with the goal of using music as means of helping the Hartford community. To date, more than $150,000 has been raised for a number of Greater Hartford nonprofit organizations.

To purchase tickets to the show, contact the University of Hartford box office at 860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587, or purchase online at For more information or to see a list of upcoming MUSIC for a CHANGE concerts, visit