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Ellis Paul Review

Ellis Paul Review

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Jela Webb's review of Ellis Paul's TwickFolk gig from last year.
Jela Webb's review of Ellis Paul's TwickFolk gig from last year.

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Published by: twickfolk on Mar 30, 2012
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Ellis Paul and Lizanne Knott TwickFolk at The Cabbage Patch Pub, TwickenhamJuly 24
th
2011
Ellis Paul returned to the place where five years ago he made his UK debut to
find that the show had been moved ‘upstairs’ i.e. to a larger venue (on the
strength of advance ticket sales) that it was packed out with all seats filled andonly standing space available. He was jokingly introduced to the audience as
along-haired, waistcoat-favouring American singing MOR acoustic country-
folk’
,
which is how he’d been
written up in a London listings magazine! The long-haired description was right;
the waistcoat wearing part wasn’t but 
that was corrected when he was presented with one to wear (and very natty it was too, patterned with car number plates from each US state), the Americanpart was also right but the reference to MOR acoustic country-
folk wasn’t 
- his
music is far from being ‘middle of the road’. One of the leading lights of the
Boston school of songwriting he together with the likes of Martin Sexton, DarWilliams, Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin played no small part in stimulating thefolk revival of 
the 1990’s
. An award-winning musician, whose songs haveappeared in film and TV soundtracks, he has built up a loyal following, touringextensively in the US so it was wonderful to see him return to the place where hepreviously, to quote a fellow reviewer
lit a flame that is likely to burn this side of the Atlantic for a very long while to come
’.
 Playing two sets,
Paul’s
choice of material ranged
from 1994’s STORIES with
Here She Is
right up to the current day with a new song
Kick Out The Lights 
inspired by a story about Johnny Cash being banned from the Grand Ole Opry forkicking out the stage lights, yes all 52 of them!Paul almost immediately mentioned the passing of his friend and mentor BillMorrissey, the previous day. Overshadowed in the news by Amy Winehouse
’s
demise, also on July 23
rd
,
Morrissey’s death was much harder to bear for those
like Paul, who grew up in New England and were inspired to followed the pathlaid out by the critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and author. Morrissey
produced Paul’s first commercially release
d album SAY SOMETHING in 1992 sotheir association was a long-standing one. In tribute to both Morrissey andWinehouse Paul played two songs this evening
 Jukebox on my Grave
and
Martyr’s
Lounge.
In the former he sings about having a jukebox on his grave instead of aheadstone and in the latter he envisages deceased celebrities hanging out at 
‘Leo’s –
 
a bar in heaven’ and
imagined that Morrissey and Winehouse would besharing a drink there!With many facing challenging times across the world, Paul dedicated Mark 
Erelli’s
The Only Way 
to the people of Norway recognizing the pain and sufferinginflicted by the Oslo bombing and Utoya shootings, and
Hurricane Angel 
(originally written in response to ‘Katrina’)
 
to the victims of natural disastersacross the globe this year
hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes.

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