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It may have been looking a bit quiet over here at ells.biz the last few months, but underneath the surface, we’ve had our heads down and noses to the grindstone. We’ve been working hard on getting some tracks recorded, and while it’s not currently clear what form this is going to take in terms of being released, I am really proud of how it’s sounding so far, and am looking forward to sharing.

However, the whole writing and recording songs head-space is very different to the booking, promoting and rehearsing for shows mind-set, which is why we haven’t been out and about too much lately!

Having said that, I’m hosting, and will be playing at the annual 4014 Project Carnival Open Mic on the 9th August. If anyone is interested in playing, just turn up to the Rose and Crown, Lower High Street in Malmesbury. 8pm start, see you there!

I’ll also be appearing for a solo set at the Malmesbury Carnival event on August 28th in the Cloister Gardens – music starts around 4pm. Hopefully the weather will be kind and we’ll have a lovely afternoon. More info at the Malmesbury Carnival Website

Thank you Swindon

Swindon is a much-maligned town (and to be honest, I am as guilty as anyone of maligning it), but scratch beneath the surface and you find an active and thriving music scene.

Take for example The Swindon Shuffle and The Stratton Stroll, both events that the Southern Wild and I have played at recently. Organised by locals, featuring local bands and bringing out the local community, both events were great fun and a showcase of the varied music being made in the area.


Ells and The Southern Wild at The Beehive – Swindon Shuffle Day 4 (Thanks to the Shuffle for the pic!)

So – a massive thank you to everyone who made these events a great success. Keep doing what you’re doing, and keep music alive in Swindon! 🙂

Ends and Beginnings

Festival season is over, bringing an end to a busy run of gigs through July and August – Here’s a couple of pics from the past couple of months:

We’re playing agin this weekend (20th September) at Riffs Bar at the all-day Acoustic Garden event, and have a couple of gigs lined up for October. However, we’re beginning to work on some new songs over the next couple of weeks, so, once they are perfected, we’ll be adding new stuff to our live set soon.

(Ps Thanks Ned Gibbons for the pics that we didn’t take! Check out Ned Gibbons Photography on Facebook for more of his work)


In Which the Southern Wild (and Ells) Meet a Tightrope Walker…

It’s late June, a heat wave has hit Britain and we’re prepping for a very unusual gig – opening the Westonbirt Arboretum Welcome Centre, an event which would be attended by the Duchess of Cornwall. But that’s not what made it unusual – we were also the accompaniment for a tightrope performance by Cirque Bijou.

A very early start the following Monday, and it was time for the real thing! Very surreal (but also very cool) to be watching a man walk a high wire while you’re playing piano almost underneath… we played an extended and amended version of Tangled Waltz, and the whole thing was weird, but kind of magic. And a great excuse to wear a top hat.

We’re looking forward to returning to Westonbirt for this year’s Treefest, where we’ll be performing on Saturday the 23rd August.

Single Launch – June 6th!

Ells and The Southern Wild Single Launch

It’s almost time!

Don’t miss out on The Southern Wild’s first (but most definitely not last!) full performance with me at Riff’s Bar on Friday the 6th June!

The night is part of the fantastic Acoustic Session which takes place at Riffs every Friday, and includes an Open Mic between 7 and 9 – so if you can play, bring along your instruments – and a set from the fab Gilmore and Jaz. Tiggy’s now legendary tapas will be available, and of course, you can get your hands on one of the limited copies of the CD single.

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Coming up this weekend

Hi folks,

A slightly last minute gig to let you know about – I am playing at The Rat Trap in Swindon as part of the Acoustic Sessions outdoor garden event. There’s a great looking line-up for the day, so I’ll probably be there for a while after I’ve played (at 12.30). More details on the event here: Rat Trap Garden Fest Facebook Event.

And on Sunday I’ll be playing at and co-hosting the 4014 Acoustic Open Mic night at Riffs Bar in Greatfield – starting at 2pm, it should be a nice relaxed way to spend a Sunday afternoon – if you wnat to play just rock up on the day, or email hello@4014.co.uk to let us know you’re coming. Further details here: 4014 Website.

Hopefully catch some of you lovely peeps at the weekend – but if not, have a good one whatever you’re doing 🙂

A Quick Update

This is just a quick post to say apologies for the lack of updates on here over the past few weeks – must try harder and all that!

Last minute gig news: I’m playing a set at Tetbury Cider Festival tomorrow afternoon (that’s Saturday the 31st, don’tcha know) at 5pm, day tickets are £10 – more details on the festival here: tetburyciderfestival.com

And just a reminder, tomorrow is also Stroud Fringe Festival, where I’m playing at Bar Greyhound cafe at 8.30 as part of a fundraiser for Stroud FM. This local community station is run by volunteers and helps to promote local musicians in the area, so I’m more than happy to be helping out with a set. Full line-up for the Greyhound is here, and more details of other stages are on the Stroud Fringe website.

Over and out – love to all!