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House Concert with Andy Cohen, Bill Ellis and Eleanor Ellis

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John Pagliarulo's House

266 Hardenburgh Road

Ulster Park, NY 12487

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GET READY FOR AN EVENING OF WONDERFUL BLUES GUITAR WITH THREE GREAT PICKERS!

Soft drinks provided. Bring something for the pot luck snack and desert table. BYOB.

When blues musicians Andy Cohen, William Lee Ellis and Eleanor Ellis play together, it is with the familiarity of old friends. That easy spontaneity comes from their familiarity with a range of material from all over the South, and with each other. They are recorded together on the Riverlark's CD Preachin' in the Wilderness.

Andy is a showman and a consummate musician who learned his craft by travelling and playing with such blues legends as Reverend Gary Davis, John Jackson and Honeyboy Edwards. He plays a mean guitar as well as piano, dulceola and sometimes autoharp; the blues, gospel and ragtime that he plays is energetic, often humorous, and has been described as a mix of “the well known, the obscure, and the weirdly wonderful.” He has been the director of several folk festivals and carries on the tradition by teaching and by creating places for Blues and Gospel players of several successive generations to play.

A versatile fingerpicking guitarist and expressive singer, blues musician and Louisiana native, Eleanor Ellis has travelled and played with the late gospel street singer Flora Molton and Piedmont bluesman Archie Edwards, and accompanied Delta blues great Eugene Powell. A founding member of the DC Blues Society and the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, she has written about the blues for several publications, teaches guitar, and is the producer of the video documentary Blues Houseparty, featuring well-known Piedmont blues musicians. Her music has been described as "distinctive and personal…beautifully sung and thoroughly believable."

Memphis roots guitarist/songwriter William Lee Ellis has been hailed a “wizard on steel strings” (Blues Revue), while All Music Guide writes “Not since the late John Campbell has there been a blues talent so original.” The son of banjo composer Tony Ellis and the godson of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, William specializes in pre-WWII acoustic blues and gospel styles, notably the music of Reverend Gary Davis. He has toured as a traditional musician in more than twenty countries. Among his recordings are Conqueroo, picked by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of 2003’s best albums, and the Jim Dickinson-produced record, God’s Tattoos, called “one of the most welcome acoustic blues albums of 2006” by the Chicago Sun-Times and winner of the 2007 Bluestar award in Australia for “Best International CD Release by a solo artist”. Ellis, who holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and a Master of Music in classical guitar, currently lives in Vermont, where he is an Associate Professor of Music at Saint Michael’s College. He records for the Yellow Dog label.

Soft drinks provided. Bring something for the pot luck snack and desert table. BYOB.

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