FREEPORT — Ellis Paul, one of the leading voices in American songwriting, will be appearing at The Venue at 5 Depot St., in Freeport, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 11. Doors open at 6, and Adam Ezra will perform at 7 p.m.
Paul was a principle leader in 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 in the 1990s.
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. Yet to hear him at this crossroads moment in his career, you would think he was just getting started. For years, he has been among the folk circuit’s most popular and dependable headliners.
Tickets are $20, and are available at www.venuemusicbar.com