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Troubadour Ellis Paul returns to Boothbay Opera House June 15 [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

May 29, 2013

YellowBrix

BOOTHBAY -- A veteran, constantly touring troubadour, Ellis Paul is one of the most respected artists in the folk genre. Since even before the song 'The World Ain't Slowin Down" came out as the title track to Jim Carrey's blockbuster film, "Me, Myself and Irene," singer-songwriter Paul has been impressing audiences and earning loyal fans around the world with his meticulously written songs and compelling live shows.

On Saturday, June 15, Paul arrives in Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House. As one of the top American singer-songwriters, Ellis has won numerous awards including an unprecedented 15 Boston Music Awards. It's Paul's literate streak that inspires television and film to frequently feature his songs in numerous TV shows as well as several other Hollywood films such as "Hall Pass" and "Shallow Hal," both directed by his big fans, The Farrelly Brothers.

In addition to performing 150-plus shows annually for over 20 years, Paul has co-written a Woody Guthrie song, performed at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Carnegie Hall, festivals, clubs, schools and community coffeehouses all over the globe. Through the record label, Black Wolf Records, which he co-founded in 1994, Paul has released over 20 CD projects, as well as book and DVD projects. Paul's latest adult album, "The Day After Everything Changed" includes five co-written tracks with Kristian Bush, of Grammy Award- winning country duo Sugarland.

Paul also put out his second family album in January of 2012, entitled "The Hero in You" which is centered on true American heroes throughout history including Rosa Parks, Ben Franklin, Jackie Robinson, Woody Guthrie, Martha Graham and more. This collection of songs was created by Paul to remind both parents and children of the importance these incredible individuals had on American culture and history, and Paul hopes to inspire kids to reach for the same great heights that these wonderful characters achieved. The album was recently awarded a GoldParents' Choice Award, their highest honor.

Paul is a native of Aroostock County and lived in the midcoast region before moving to Virginia, so performances at the Opera House are a coming home for his local fans and friends. The concert at the historic Opera House begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, or $20 if purchased on the day of the performance. The box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday- Friday, at 86 Townsend Avenue, or by calling 207-633-6855. Tickets are also available online at boothbayoperahouse.com.

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