Monday, June 3, 2019
Monhegan Island, Maine
2019 Roots on the Rocks with Ellis Paul, Seth Glier and Abbie Gardner
Monhegan House, Monhegan Island, Maine
ELLIS PAUL: Born a stone’s throw from the US/ Canadian border in Aroostook County, Ellis’ Maine roots run deep. A meticulous and lyrical chronicler of the times we live in and the times we’ve lived through, Ellis’ work draws deeply from the traditions of American folk music as well as his own extensive travels and experiences, spanning almost three decades of life on the road, nineteen albums, multiple awards and recognitions, and countless collaborations with other artists. He’s consistently played over 200 shows a year, at virtually every venue, festival, concert hall and coffehouse in existence and along the way has cemented his rightful place in the story of American music.
SETH GLIER: At the relatively young age at which he finds himself, Seth has already acquired an astonishing list of accolades and accomplishments -- garnering a Grammy nomination for his sophomore record, a pair of Independent Music Awards, headlining major music festivals -- all while upholding a relentless touring schedule with the likes of Ani DiFranco and Ryan Adams, as well as a disciplined and prolific songwriting practice. Seth's fifth and latest record, Birds, showcases the breadth and depth of his songwriter's vision, featuring terse political observations and deeply personal family storytelling.
ABBIE GARDNER: While she is well-known as a member of the powerhouse Americana trio, Red Molly, Abbie Gardner has a musical identity all of her own. Abbie studied classical flute growing up, but once she started playing Dobro in 2004 she found her main instrument. Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, and has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville's Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She released a solo CD called Hope in the spring of 2011 and wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the Real Women Real Songs project.
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