MAMA is thrilled that word has apparently gotten out about the music we bring to Memphis….9 of our last 10 shows were standing room only or very close to it….thank you for coming and spreading the word about what we are doing! Hope you’ve found your photos on mamamusic.org.
Nearly 200 of you came to hear the Brazilian group Choro das 3 on a weeknight, so we know that you will come even on a weeknight for something special….and do we ever have a special concert on Tuesday, September 24th!
MAMA is honored to present Irish musician/author Danny Ellis 7-9 pm 9/24/2013
Danny Ellis was a survivor, strong and resilient. A successful singer/songwriter, he'd ‘handled' his painful past: the grinding poverty of the 1950s Dublin slums and the brutality of the orphanage, the notorious Artane Industrial School . He'd safely buried it. Or so he thought.
Then one night, while writing a powerful song that would launch his acclaimed album, 800 Voices, his past came flooding back to haunt him. Long-forgotten memories of betrayal and abandonment burst forth in a shocking revelation: his eight-year-old self was still lost in the orphanage.
Although badly shaken, Danny began a courageous journey that would lead him back to the streets of Dublin, to the tenement slums and, eventually, to the brutality and scallywag shenanigans of the Artane playground. What he found with each twist and turn of his odyssey would change his life forever.
His book, The Boy at the Gate, is a poignant, profoundly moving memoir of forgiveness and redemption, and an inspiring testament to the healing power of music and love.
Not only did he write a book, he also wrote songs. This is what people say about his album, 800 Voices:
"There are those rare musicians that are also poets and storytellers who can bend time and space and language so it penetrates into the deepest places of the human soul. Danny Ellis is one, and his music has shattered and embraced me with the severe grace.” William Paul Young, author of The Shack
800 Voices is a searing testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the depths to which that spirit can sink... A musically healing and lyrically breathtaking debut." The Irish Times
"The sheer musicality of the songs, together with his unique ability as singer and interpreter made a very strong impression on me. I welcome his 800 Voices, a touching autobiography and a visionary outlook." Bill Whelan, Riverdance Composer
"It may just be the most powerful storytelling through music and stories I have ever experienced. ...a riveting oral memoir ...filled with clear images of pain, hope and humor." Connie Reagan Blake, Storyteller
We are delighted to join with Just for Lunch for this concert. The restaurant (inside Chickasaw Oaks shopping center at 3092 Poplar) will open for dinner at 5:30 but there will be no table service once the concert begins at 7. Call 454-0755 for reservations or email Justforlunch@bellsouth.net. “Small plates” will be available during the concert which you can take to your tables. There will be no wine, but you are welcome to bring your own… no corkage fee. The shopping center will be closed and the only entrance will be at the west entrance…facing the library.
Danny will be at the Booksellers at Laurelwood for a booksigning on Monday, Sept 23 at 6 pm and on Channel 3’s Live at 9 on Tuesday morning, Sept 24.
$12 Tickets will be at The Booksellers at Laurelwood on Aug 30 or you can purchase them online at mamamusicdannyellis.eventbrite.com
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Memphis Acoustic Music Association
MAMA is a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation and performance of acoustic and folk music.
At our concerts, you will find national and international touring musicians playing everything from blues, old time, jazz, and folk music to Celtic, Latin, and a broad range of other styles.