Ellis is the ABC show I’ve most been looking forward to this season, because I’ve heard such good reports, and up to this point I’ve only experienced a couple of short live segments from her. What struck me is how she’s able to deal with complex issues in a relaxed, engaging, and infectiously happy way. . A reviewer said this about “Break the Spell” (her new CD), and I think it applies to her performance as well: “cathartic, intimate, and ultimately transcendent ...It’s not trendy, or groundbreaking…. it is is very, very real. It gets to you the way you crave a record to get to you.”
If you have even a little interest in this style of folk music, I think you’ll find the evening memorable.
Disclosure: I’m a board member of the Acoustic Brew concert series, an all-volunteer, non-profit 501-C3 organization that is presenting the Ellis concert. More info atAcousticBrew.org