June 21: Ellis w/ Kipyn Martin

Doors at 7:30 pm, Music at 8:00 pm
RSVat stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. After her Feb 2013 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Ellis’ music charted in the Folk Top 100 in iTunes and Folk Top 20 on Amazon.com. Then she was invited back just a few months later. She also received hundreds of messages from strangers including, "you exude pure joy", "I heard you and fell in love" and “I was stopped in my tracks by your music and captivating laugh” as well as "Yours is a voice we all need to hear.” Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts. 

A winner of several awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. Many folk festivals have “audience choice” awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She also won the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest in 2013, the Midwest Mountain Stage New Song Contest (US) in 2011 and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best Female Singer Songwriter Album in 2009.  

One recent reviewer wrote of her performance:

“Ellis is a skillful songwriter and engaging performer. She is at once innocent and wise, contemplative and impulsive. Her voice is captivating and perfectly suited to her inspiring lyrics. All of these accolades are important, but more important than any of them is the fact that Ellis is a good and generous soul and that this is everywhere apparent in her music as you will surely discover should you choose to join us for what will seem like the chance meeting of a long-lost and cherished friend.” – Ed Cremo

You can take a peek at this artist, by watching this video from her performance on Prairie Home Companion:

or take a look at this profile from her 2012 appearance on the show Troubadour TX:

Opening for Ellis will be Kipyn Martin, an emerging Americana singer/songwriter whose roots sink into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Her voice is gathering a reputation in the region, hailed by listeners as "an instrument of unrefined purity" (Tony S.- Leicester Bangs) and "the most pure voice I've ever heard" (Karin Fuller- The Charleston Gazette). She currently plays festival stages in Virginia and Maryland and delights audiences at vineyards, coffeehouses, and house concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Kipyn was a multi-award winner at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Gold Award in Open category, Director's Choice Award, Honorable Mention in Folk/Acoustic), and she was also named a semi-finalist in the 2013 UK Song Contest. An honesty and vitality of voice make this woman a performing artist not to be missed. You can check out a recent video of a one of her performances here: