All shows begin at 7:30pm, doors at 7, unless otherwise specified.
27 North Road, Peace Dale,RI (Important: Peace Dale is in South Kingstown, if GPS gives you trouble)
Tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets, and any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
Saturday, March 28 – Ellis Paul with special guest Rebecca Loebe
Ellis Paul returns to Lily Pads, with featured guest and singular performer Rebecca Loebe.
“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” – The New York Times
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.
Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…, intimate, passionate and enduring.
These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Paul’s new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. “Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash)” pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. “Plastic Soldier” offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in “Jimmie Angel’s Flying Circus,” while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in “Waiting on a Break.” Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via “Empire State” and “UK Girl (Boston Calling),” respectively.
In reality, these stories are a continuation of tales Paul has told for more than a quarter century, over the expanse of nineteen albums, numerous critical kudos (15 Boston Music Awards alone), inclusion in several movie soundtracks, and stages he’s headlined both near and far. “I’ve got a car with over 475,000 miles on it, and it’s my third road vehicle,” Paul declares. “I’ve been doing 200 shows a year for over twenty years. There isn’t a town in the country where I won’t find a friend. I’m a nomad. And I’m gonna write and play until I’m gone.”
Rebecca Loebe is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and has done time in DC, Boston and New York, now making her home in Austin, TX. She is known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. Rebecca has toured non-stop since 2009, averaging 150-200 shows per year as a headliner and as support for The Civil Wars, Ellis Paul, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Matt the Electrician and others. Rebecca’s live performances have created a passionate fan base around the world. Rebecca has won numerous awards for her songwriting, including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, and has received recognition for her unique, powerful voice. In 2011 she was a featured contestant on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice.” Earlier this year she was ranked #9 on Alternate Root magazine’s annual listing of the 30 Best Female Singers in America.
We are honored to welcome back an old friend and greet an exceptional young artist. See you there!
Sunday, April 12 – from Quebec–Le Vent du Nord–outstanding live band pushing traditional music in new directions
Deep history and playful innovation. Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord knows how to turn the lost past into intense and beautiful performances that push their roots in striking global directions. The group is blazing a path that connects their Québecois roots to the wider world, in both arrangements and on stage.
Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air.
Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and North America. The quartet has performed well over 1,000 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
Postponed! Saturday, April 18 – Ursula George–Blues and Jazz of the pre-war era of Black Vaudeville (to be rescheduled in the fall; check back for update)
Sunday, April 19, 3pm–A Classical Guitar concert with Armenian virtuoso Lilit Mardiyan
Saturday, May 23- Peace Dale Hurdy Gurdy Palooza with the Jobe Redfearn Ensemble and Shamanic
The Jobe Redfearn Ensemble brings together the aesthetics of two
contrasting but complementary composers: Steven Jobe and Alec Redfearn.
Jobe spends most of his time writing operas, his most recent work being
“The Legend of the Fairy Melusine.” Redfearn, leader of the band The
Eyesores is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic for his prolific
originality. The Ensemble features colorful instrumentation — accordion,
violin, viola, cello, hurdy-gurdy, string bass and percussion — performing
music that is eclectic and extremely hard to classify, the influences too many
The Ensemble will at times expand the core sound with the addition of some
of Jobe’s experimental instruments such as his large-scale hurdy-gurdies: the
seven ft long Drone Machine and the ten ft Bosch Hurdy-Gurdy. The results
can range from an atavistic sonic experiment to a primal hypnotic wave.
The Jobe/Redfearn Ensemble simply needs to be heard to be believed.
Saturday, June 6- Patrick Sweany
Saturday, Oct. 24- Claude Bourbon –fingerstyle guitar wizard playing Medieval and Spanish Blues
Come out and help us celebrate our fifth year!
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