Maybe living in Maine among the hardworking trades people or spearheading the Boston folk music revival inspired Ellis Paul's prolific talent. Or maybe it was the fact that after the former track star suffered a sports injury, he bonded wholeheartedly with his acoustic guitar. Whatever the reason, Ellis Paul has continued to write songs about everyday people, who achieve seemingly impossible dreams through dedication and spirit. In his new CD, 'Chasing Beauty,' this award-winning singer-songwriter provides perfect examples of how unsung inventors, musical innovators and architects worked against the odds to inspire others.
But Paul's penchant for creativity goes beyond the 200 plus performances he does annually. His catchy music has been selected by the Farrelly Brothers for films: Me, Myself and Irene, Shallow Hall and Hall Pass; these screenplays about initially misunderstood, but idealistic people who rise beyond their potential, could be autobiographical, as well. But if Paul underwent a struggle for identity in those early years, so much the better for his nationwide fans. But although his recorded stories are earthy, sensitive and richly detailed, his live shows cast a spell that must be experienced.
WHERE: Old Town School, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Il.
WHEN: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 PM
CONTACT: 773 728-6000