Columbus: Ellis Paul with Antje Douvekot
Saturday, January 31, 2015
by Maurice Moore
The return of one of Six String Concerts‘ most requested artists. Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle figure in the wave of performing 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 in the 1990’s. Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He has earned thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. 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. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today’s singer-songwriters – his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks – he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers. “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.” — Nora Guthrie Antje Duvekot (pronounced: Aunt-yuh Doo-va-kot) is one of the brightest singer-songwriters to rise out of Boston’s competitive acoustic music scene. Duvekot was born in Heidelberg, Germany and moved to the United States at the age of 13. She began recording music on her own at 16, producing limited-edition cassette tapes for her friends. At 18 she won the first open mic competition she entered, at the Sam Adams Brewpub in Philadelphia. She has been honored with the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act and has won the grand prize in the rock category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
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