First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA
May 9, 2014, 7:30 PM

Ellis
with Marina Evans


Tickets: $10

Day of show suggested contribution: $12
65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24
There's just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. After her February 2013 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Ellis' music charted in the Folk Top 100 in iTunes and Folk Top 20 on Amazon.com. She also received hundreds of messages from strangers including, "you exude pure joy", "I heard you and fell in love" and "I was stopped in my tracks by your music and captivating laugh" as well as "Yours is a voice we all need to hear." Ellis' performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.

A winner of many awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. Many folk festivals have "audience choice" awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She also won the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest in 2013, the Midwest Mountain Stage New Song Contest (US) in 2011 and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best Female Singer Songwriter Album in 2009.

Ellis has one of most engaging personalities that I've ever witnessed on a stage. Within seconds, you'll fall in love with her bubbling attitude for life, and her captivating laugh has been echoing in my heart all week!"

–Ron Olesko,WFDU Public Radio
Here is a video of Ellis performing her song Wherever You Are on A Prairie Home Companion at the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 1, 2013.

Learn more about Ellis at http://www.ellis-music.com.
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In 2005 Marina Evans moved from her home towm of Rockport to New York City, where she taught herself guitar and began writing songs that combined her background as a jazz vocalist with traditional folk and a rock edge. Within a year, she was performing as a solo acoustic act around New York and Massachusetts. Since that time Marina has recorded three original EPs and a full length album, and has taken her music from Rockport all across the United States: from Portland to Nashville, New Orleans to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between. Marina has also made her way over to Europe, performing in London and touring across Italy every spring since 2011.

In 2012 Marina released two original EPs, Dogtown and The Tuscan Sessions. Dogtown, released first, was written and recorded with Marina's band in Gloucester, MA; The Tuscan Sessions was written and recorded while touring abroad in Italy. "The EPs are really two sides of the same coin," Marina says. "While complementary, they reflect this sort of bi-continental, rambling life I've been leading with my music." Dogtown rocks – described as "raucous" and "anthemic" in The Noise Magazine – and "swellingly beautiful" Tuscan takes a distinctly European perspective on folk americana.

In the spring of 2013, Marina launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of her debut full-length album, Unbound. Through overwhelming support from across the globe, she reached her funding goal and recorded the album abroad in Florence, Italy with producer Bernardo Baglioni. With clever lyricism and unusual melodies, Unbound deftly combines various styles, genres, and instrumentation – from sweet ballads to folk anthems to straight up rock and roll – and paints a picture of a versatile and passionate artist.

Here is a video of Marina Evans performing her song One of Two.

Learn more about Marina Evans at http://marinaevansmusic.com.