Celebrating 25 years as a touring musician, Ellis Paul has released 19 albums, published two children’s books and has garnered many awards from the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Award (1994) to 14 Boston Music Awards – including Folk Act of the Year. The University of Maine awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and he penned the school’s new Alma Mater.

Called “a brilliant artist” by Joan Baez, Tracy Grammer has been a touring singer-songwriter and storyteller for 20 years. Her newest album, LOW TIDE, is currently among the top 5 most-played records on folk radio and has been called “an album of the year contender” by Fish Records UK.

Ellis Paul

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Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences. Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…, intimate, passionate and enduring.

Tracy Grammer

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Called “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom” (Boston Globe) and “a musician and singer of dazzling versatility” (No Depression), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio’s 50 top-played artists, both solo and in a duo with the late Dave Carter. Her highly-anticipated eleventh recording, LOW TIDE, is her first full-length songwriter album and is being praised as an “album of the year contender” by Fish Records UK. Album opener “Hole” was the #1 most-played song on folk radio in February 2018.

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