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2004 Alumni Guests

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Singer Songwriter Ellis Paul '87

Recipient of 2004 Arts Council Alumni Award




Ellis Paul is one of the most significant singer/songwriters in the modern history of folk music. He was the chief architect of what has become known as the Boston school of songwriting, an urbane, literate folk-pop style that helped ignite the folk revival of the 1990s. For years, he has been among the folk circuit's most popular artists, with 10 albums to his name. He recently released a documentary/concert DVD titled 3,000 Miles, and Notes from the Road, a critically acclaimed book of poems and stories.

Paul grew up in northern Maine, in a potato farming community so remote that his exposure to music came almost entirely from the one top-40 station he could get on his radio, and his school band, where he played trumpet well enough to earn a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Paul toured the country competing in track, earning a track scholarship to Boston College. It was while at Boston College that he discovered songwriting; when a track-career-ending knee injury left him bedridden for months, he began making up songs on a guitar given to him by a friend. Paul was soon haunting the open mic scene that produced the most important generation of Boston folk stars since the 1960's. Almost immediately, Paul's infectious melodicism, literate lyrics, and honest performing style drew attention. Between 1993 and 2003, he won an unprecedented 12 Boston Music Awards, and his songs were heard on hit TV shows Ed and MTV's Real World; and in the soundtracks of Me, Myself, & Irene, and Shallow Hal.

Ellis Paul, a.k.a. Paul Plissey '87, is the recipient of the 2004 Boston College Arts Council Alumni Award for artistic achievement.

Ellis Paul's Official Website


Ellis Paul's schedule at the Boston College Arts Festival 2004.


April 30

9:00 AM Breakfast Reception For RSVP call 617-552-4700
10:30 AM Inside the BC Studio O'Neill Plaza, Main Tent
12:00 PM Media Interviews By invitation only
7:30 PM

 $20 for public, $5 for BC students with BC ID. 617-552-4935.

O'Neill Plaza, Main Tent


May 1

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Songwriting Master Class, with singer/songwriter Ellis Paul
Free and open to public

Lyons Hall Room 423

5:30 PM Alumni Evening at the Arts Festival
Arts Council Alumni Award presentation
For BC alumni & guests





Ernest Santosuosso '43

A renowned Boston Globe jazz critic, Ernest Santosuosso developed his journalistic skills at The Heights (1939-1943) where he held the position of Editor in Chief, covered all football games, and was a correspondent to the Boston Post. After serving in WWII and holding several other newspaper positions he launched his career at the Boston Globe. In 1965 he helped to found the Globe Jazz Festival and remained on the council for 27 years. During his time at the Globe he was privileged to cover such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Bernie Goodman, Harry Connick Jr., Tom Jones, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and Sarah Vaughn in addition to various comedians. His career with the Boston Globe gave him the opportunity to meet with a multitude of talented artists and also a tremendous knowledge of jazz. Currently Ernie continues to keep himself active in music, participates in his parish church, and serves as a Class of 1943 officer. He served on the Alumni Association's Second Helping Gala committee for several years and won the Alumni Achievement Award for Arts and Humanities in 1984.

Mr.Santosuosso will emcee the BC bOp! Festival Concert featuring a performance by BC bOp! alumni. It takes place on Saturday, May 1 at 8:00 P.M. in the O'Neill Plaza Main Tent.