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    Cheryl Wheeler & Ellis Paul

    Presented by at Shalin Liu Performance Center

    May 17, 2014


    Cheryl Wheeler & Ellis Paul

     Leaders of the New England folk music scene, Cheryl Wheeler and Ellis Paul are two artists whose mesmerizing voices and delicate poetry have captured stories of the past, present, and future. With over 14 Boston Music Awards to call his own, Ellis has had a career spanning sixteen albums and Cheryl’s music ranges from heart-wrenching to humorous.  As a songwriter, her songs have been covered by such musical legends as Bette Middler, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Garth Brooks.



    Cheryl’s captivating songs have been covered by icons such as Bette Midler, Kenny Loggins, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Garth Brooks. In 1976, Cheryl played bass for Jonathan Edwards and has performed her own works on tour with Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Cheryl has several albums to her name and also appears as a guest artist on Patty Larkin’s album 25.  Cheryl’s album Pointing at the Sun was voted by NPR’s Northern Colorado listeners as best album by a singer/songwriter in 2010. She has performed at folk festivals around the U.S. and Canada including The Lunenburg Folk Harbor Festival in Nova Scotia and the Belleville Roots Music Festival in Newburyport.


    “Ms. Wheeler is skilled at being poetic in her language, yet clear in her meaning...”  - The Graham Weekly Album Review


    “…achingly honest songs of love and loss.”-Boston Globe


    “Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of her native small-town America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between our busy, noisome times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence.” -Boston Globe



    With a charismatic charm and urban folk-rock style, Ellis Paul led a ‘90s revival in folk-rock music. Merging the folk and pop genres together, Ellis began his career as the opening act for folk legend Bill Morrissey and was named Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition winner in 1994. Ellis’ songs have been featured in television shows and movies such as “Ed”, “Hall Pass”, “Me, Myself, & Irene,” and “Shallow Hal.” He has toured with other leading folk rock artists such as Shawn Colvin and John Gorka, as well as performing on the Woody Guthrie tribute tour “Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway.” Ellis has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Ani DiFranco, and Bill Bragg, and over the course of his career, he has made 16 albums and earned 14 Boston Music Awards, a Boston Acoustic Underground Award, and the Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement.


    “No emerging songwriter in recent memory has been more highly touted and respected by songwriters.”-Boston Globe


    “…Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we've been and where we might go if we so choose to…”- Nora Guthrie

    Shalin Liu Performance Center

    37 Main Street
    Rockport, MA 01966

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    $39, $35, $25

    Phone: 978.546.7391


    Streets highlighted in Pink are METERED parking options
    Street highlighted in Blue are UN-METERED parking options
    Red “P” icons indicate Town Metered Parking Lots
    Blue “P” icons indicate Unmetered Town Parking Lots
    Area noted as “NO PARK” is permit parking only, unauthorized vehicles will be towed

    Institution for Savings, 16 Main Street
    Pending availability, free parking is often available for Rockport Music ticket holders, M-F after 6pm; after noon on Saturday and all day Sunday. Enter the lot at the Main Street driveway. Distance to Shalin Liu Performance Center: 200 ft. Please note that other organizations often have access to this lot, and on those days Rockport Music patrons must seek other parking options. Please be aware that if there is not a parking attendant to assist, do not block other cars access to the exit.

    Peg Leg Inn, Beach Street
    Enter the lot via the driveway opposite the Front Beach restrooms. From Memorial Day to early October the lot is available to Rockport Music patrons at a reduced rate of $8, after 5 PM (4 PM on Sundays). Distance to Performance Center: 350 yd.

    Town Hall Annex, 26 Broadway
    Coming from the Route 128 traffic lights, follow Route 127 into town, where the road curves left, go straight ahead onto Broadway. Pass the Senior Center on the left (building with canon out front) and the Post Office on your right. Adjacent to the Resident Parking Lot on your left is a small lot for the Town Hall Annex. This small lot allows for free parking on evenings and weekends. Distance to Performance Center: 120 yd.

    Finally, use of unmetered spaces is encouraged. If possible, Rockport Music asks that you consider avoiding metered parking during the day (evening concerts are fine), as merchants and restaurants depend on these spaces for their patrons. Meters are strictly enforced, 7 days a week. New rates and credit-card accepting meters take effect the week of August 5, 2012: $1/hour from 10 AM to 8 PM.

    Evening Alternative
    Ace Hardware parking lot off Railroad Avenue. If specifically noted on the website or in an email notification to ticket holders, this lot will be reserved for Rockport Music ticket holders. It is located next to the MBTA railroad station. Distance to Performance Center: 1,000 yd (0.6 mile). There is no shuttle service.

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