Ellis Paul

Saturday, April 10, 2010

1:30 PM

Lexington, MA

The Revolutionary Spirit of American Folk Music: Past, Present and Future

33 Marrett Road Lexington, MA 02420

Price: $10.00

website: www.monh.org/

The Revolutionary Spirit of American Folk Music: Past, Present and Future

with Ellis Paul and Scott Alarik

This April, as Lexington prepares to celebrate Patriot's Day and "the shot heard 'round the world", Lexington Community Education is pleased to host an afternoon discussion about the revolutionary sound and spirit of American Folk Music.

Ellis Paul is a leading voice in American songwriting and has been at the forefront of the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating  a movement that revitalized the
national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre. 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. Standing between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and with 14 CDs including Ellis Paul-Essentials and
The Day After Everything Changed Paul says, "I feel like I'm more a part of a community now than just a songwriter singing about my own struggles and the struggles of the friends I see around me. Maybe
that's the difference between being a singer-songwriter and being a folk musician, that transition into more of a community sense of writing".

Scott Alarik has been the principal folk music writer for the Boston Globe since 1986. He is also a frequent contributor to Sing Out! the Folk Music Magazine, and was folk critic for the public radio program Here and Now for seven years. From 1991-97, he was editor and chief writer for the New England Folk Almanac. Pete Seeger calls Alarik "one of the best writers in America", and Dar Williams calls him "the finest folk writer in the country". Irish Echo and Wall Street Journal critic Earle Hitchner says Alarik is "one of America's most astute music critics and chroniclers". Troy Record critic Don Wilcock wrote, "For my money, Alarik is the best". With the release of a new CD, All That Is True, and the launching of a long-awaited website, scottalarik. com, Alarik hopes to more closely connect his long careers as music journalist and folk singer.

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