Singer-songwriter to offer free concert at Library

Nationally known singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform a special family show 1 p.m. Saturday in the Moltz Rotunda Reading Room at the James V. Brown Library.

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.

With 16 CDs, a concert DVD and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s “Hall Pass,” “Me, Myself and Irene” and “Shallow Hal.”

Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing more than 150 tour dates a year, for more than 20 years all around the world.

He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin and multi-platinum band Sugarland, among others.

Recently, Ellis released his second family album, “The Hero in You,” that features 12 American heroes such as Rosa Parks, Woody Guthrie, Jackie Robinson, Thomas Edison and others.

This release won the Gold Parents’ Choice Award, the top honor awarded in family music. “The Hero in You” serves as a follow up to “The Dragonfly Races,” Ellis’ first family album and a Silver Parents’ Choice Award winner, which was honored by being National Public Radio’s “Top 10” pick for children’s music.

“We are very lucky to be able to offer this special show to families in our area,” said James Brown Library’s development director, Robin Glossner.

“Sponsorship from the Friends of the James V. Brown Library has made this possible. I’ve attended many Ellis Paul shows in various places and I can say that the Williamsport audience is in for a treat.”

Doors will open at noon on Saturday, for the 1 p.m. show.

Ellis Paul’s appearance in Williamsport is sponsored by the Friends of the James V. Brown Library.