Formed by singer-songwriter, Ells, in late 2013 as part of a recording project with Cheltenham based producer Dave Saunders, Ells and the Southern Wild are a four piece band blending rock sensibilities with melodious song writing. Defined by Ells’ strong style and vocal presence, they seamlessly blend elements of rock, pop and folk. Their live performances are honest, heart-felt and direct.
Ells has been described as “a dark horse with the voice of an angel” (Tanya Kelly, Priory Inn), her songs are accessible yet moving, tinged with emotion, and ranging in style from dark-edged piano pop to guitar based melodies with elements of folk-punk. With the addition of Daryl Ball on bass and mandolin, and Tom Long on drums and percussion, the band brought a harder edge to Ells’ already accomplished portfolio. Daryl left the band in 2015, wih Rowen Cox taking over bass duties in 2016. Bob Ball also joined in 2016, adding lead guitar to the band’s aural texture.
Ells’ solo debut album, Freedom and Flight was released in July 2013. Live, she has supported artists such as Dave McPherson (InMe), Ethemia and Wiltshire-legend Corky, and has appeared at numerous festivals including Treefest at the beautiful National Arboretum at Westonbirt.
She has made many live appearances on BBC Gloucester, Stroud FM and on Swindon 105.5fm, and most recently on BBC Wiltshire with the full band, as well as gaining radio play with her single ‘His Words Lie Heavy’ (released June 2014), and ‘Tangled Waltz’; both featured on her debut album. ‘Beasts of Their Own’, recorded with the band line-up, was released as a free download on ellsmusic.bandcamp.com in January 2014.
In her other role as co-founder of The 4014 Project, Ells helps organise occasional Open Mic nights and music events to encourage other local musicians to play, perform and create. Check out The 4014 Project Website for more details of up coming events, music and news.