Ellis was a brilliant performer who appealed to little ones while simultaneously amusing moms with humor pertaining to “our” generation. He did a full set which included the most popular tunes from Dragonfly Races as well as some well-known songs that have been sung by families for generations including a rambunctious round of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes and I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. Ellis also performed all of the verses penned by Woodie Guthrie in This Land Is Your Land, including the ones which were banned from children’s textbooks because they didn’t jive with the political correctness of the day.
You know a performer is genuinely authentic and entertaining when he can do a show completely unplugged with only voice, guitar, and harmonica, and he sounds even more amazing than his recorded album. He encouraged active audience participation from singing to dancing to choreography. Let’s face it, kids love a performer who can create lyrics to a zoo song off the cuff which includes panda, zebra, and elephant sounds (requested by audience members throughout the song).
If Ellis Paul’s national tour is stopping through your town this summer, you won’t want to miss it. His next adult album is scheduled to release later this summer. You can also catch my exclusive interview with Ellis Paul that took place in April.