Chris Trapper
with special guest
Chris Trapper

Ellis Paul Ellis Paul

"His lyrics, which are as detailed and well-conceived as poetry … dance around the heart of the song, revealing it gracefully."

—The Washington Post

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Ellis Paul is a folk star who has crossed over into the world of mainstream pop. If you saw the Jim Carrey movie Me, Myself & Irene, you've heard his music: the movie's theme song was Ellis's "The World Ain't Slowin' Down." The movie Shallow Hal and several television shows have also featured his music. But he hasn't lost touch with the folk world. He has a Woody Guthrie tattoo on his arm, has recorded Woody's music, and played in an all-star tribute tour for the folk legend. Woody's daughter Nora says, "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."

Ellis's new album, The Day After Everything Changed, is an exciting achievement, and not just because of the music. Due out at the end of July, the CD is funded entirely by Ellis's fans. Ellis was previously signed to Rounder Records, but decided to give dedicated fans a chance to own a piece of his latest music by donating amounts from $15 to $10,000. It's a bit like the European arts patrons of old, but with a twist. As Ellis wrote to his fans, "You folks are even more than Mozart's dukes and the duchesses. You are the workers in the fields, helping bring the harvest of songs to market. You can still picture yourselves in the powdered wigs and satin leggings, if that works for you."

Opening for Ellis will be Chris Trapper, who, according to the Boston Phoenix, "spins small-town tales of death, joy, and remembrance in stripped-down, mostly acoustic arrangements that put the focus on his formidable storytelling talents." Chris, who until recently fronted the rock band the Push Stars, writes songs that could be considered as much pop as folk: as CNN says, "the kind of pop songs you aren't ashamed to let your friends hear playing on the stereo."