Old Sloop Coffeehouse Presents Ellis Paul, with Martyn Joseph

Old Sloop Coffeehouse Presents Ellis Paul, with Martyn Joseph
Start Date: Sep 12 2014
Location: Rockport Congregational Church, 12 School Street, 7:30 pm

A veteran, constantly touring troubadour, Ellis Paul is one of the most respected artists in the folk/singer-songwriter genre. In addition to performing 150 to 200+ shows for 20+ years he has 19 releases on Rounder Records and his label, Black Wolf Records. His latest album, Chasing Beauty, produced by his Sugarland friend Kristian Bush, has just been released.

Since even before Ellis’ 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 Ellis Paul has been impressing audiences and earning loyal fans around the world with his meticulously written songs and compelling live shows.

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 Hollywood films such as the aforementioned: Me, Myself & Irene and Hall Pass and Shallow Hal, directed by his fans, The Farrelly Brothers.

Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other: a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 31 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many.

Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.”