Award-winner brings folk to Vail Valley |

Award-winner brings folk to Vail Valley

Kris Sabel
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Special to the Vail DailyVail Valley music: Ellis Paul will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Nov. 12.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –If you like folk music, Vail Valley, then I’ll bet you like songs by James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Peter Seger, John Denver and Peter, Paul and Mary. If you are a fan of contemporary folk, you may list Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Dar Williams, John Morissey, John Gorka and Ani DiFranco among your favorite artists.

If any of these names catch your attention, I feel confident you will like Ellis Paul. He performs Nov. 12 in a solo acoustic concert. This is the final concert in our fall singer-songwriters series and tickets are $18.

“A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects. In times like these, when so many nuts are running the show, it’s comforting to know that Ellis Paul is actually holding our sanity on his own stage. 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’.”

This quote is by Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, one of the most important folk singers of all time. Nora invited Paul to perform at a Woody Guthrie tribute show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show was part of a 10-day celebration to honor Woody and also included performances by Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg and the Indigo Girls.

While you may not be familiar with Ellis Paul, he has been honing his craft for quite some time. He is more well-known in Boston folk circles, where he has won 13 Boston Music Awards (second only to Aerosmith). Paul has released 16 albums and plays close to 200 concerts each year around the world in venues ranging from coffee houses to Carnegie Hall.

Paul has a unique voice within contemporary folk music, and his songs speak to generations of fans. I think the artist may say it best in describing his latest album, “The Day After Everything Changed.”

“(It’s) poetic – about a fading relationship – so the imagery is about that: cracks in a window pane, leaves falling, iron rusting,” said Paul. “It was cathartic to write and I hope people can apply it to the tough times in their lives. A song can partner with you – like a mantra, of sorts, an affirmation to move on and that you’re going to be OK.”

At the Vilar Center, he will perform songs from this latest album along with his best known work from his huge catalogue. If you have yet to experience a solo acoustic performance in the Vilar Center, this is a great opportunity to see Paul in a truly intimate setting with world class acoustics. I compare it to having the artist come to your home to perform in your living room.

If you are still unsure I encourage you to visit to listen to Paul’s music, watch video and read more about him.

Tickets for the entire winter season went on sale this past Monday, and they are selling fast. Please check out the full schedule and make your plans early as some of the biggest events will sell out early. Log on to or call the box office at 888.920.ARTS(2787) to learn more and purchase tickets.

As always thanks for your continued support and I hope to see you at the theater.

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