Monday, September 15, 2008

Folk Music and Friendship

We just had a great weekend here at the Inn with a musician named Ellis Paul. Ellis is a really well-known (in the folk-singing world) singer/songwriter who came to spend the weekend here with some of his most devoted fans. It was a truly wonderful experience even for a newbie like myself. Aside from hearing Ellis' very personal and literate lyrics and singing for the first time it was nice to see how much he was appreciated by the folks that were here and how much he gave back to them in return.

Ellis gave very intimate concerts in our living room for three nights in a row, singing some songs that apparently he had not sung for years, and discussing the lyrics with the group as he went. Often he would still be playing after 11pm and then went with the group up to the bonfire to continue into the wee hours (I went to bed!). It was just a really great way get to the basics of what singing/songwriting is about with the artist and audience in close communication, both really enjoying the process!

For the staff at the Inn it was a terrific weekend and a nice break from our usual wedding craziness! If anyone has any ideas for other weekends like this, I'd love to hear them!

Check out Ellis Paul's web site at