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Changes are afoot!

Over the next few weeks (or months, depending on how busy I am), I’ll be re-jigging this website in a couple of ways. First and foremost, as Ells and the Southern Wild has morphed into Cobalt Fire, this website is going to go back to reflecting my solo work (old as it is!) and any side-projects that come up.

Secondly, I intend to make this more of an occasional music blog, talking about music industry news, music tips and techniques, opinions and/or my life of wrestling with creativity. Or, whatever I feel like really. I used to do some of this over on my old personal blog, so I will likely transfer some of the more useful posts over. I have been missing a space to do this lately, having fallen out of the habit and not updated either of these sites for so long. This site now feels like the appropriate space for it, where everything can be all under one umbrella.

Last night, I attended and performed at a Women in Music event in Bath, organised by my friend Chloe and centred around the theme of ‘sustain’ – how we continue to be creative in a world that is consistently pulling us in different directions. It has given me a lot to think about, and it was enlightening to hear the experiences of other artists. When I have gathered my thoughts a little, I feel that there will be a post coming on this theme… there’s some things I wanted to say, and didn’t and some things that others said that really connected and I wish to examine and share further.

You may need to be a little patient, but hopefully I will start getting things sorted soon.

March Gigs

Spring is officially here, and it’s time for some shows!

I’ll be doing a little solo slot on March 4th in Swindon Central Library. This is a showcase of female singer-songwriters for International Woman’s Day, so I’m stoked to be involved. Come along to check out some fab Swindon (or there abouts) based musicians.

And later on in March we have two exciting new band shows – We’ll be playing Songsmiths’ at Mr Wolf’s in Bristol on the 20th, and at The Beehive in Swindon on the 24th March.

See you there!

Braving the Shave – Pictures and more!

It’s been almost three weeks since I faced the clippers at The Vaults in Cirencester, and my hair is growing back. It’ll be a while before I can go out without a hat mind!

However, it is about time that I wrote a proper post and shared some pics of the evening.

Check out the Gallery page for more pictures. Huge thanks go to Ned Gibbons Photography for the majority of shots.

So, the good news is that to date we have raised a whopping £912.79 – a few late donations have bumped up the total, so thank you all so much. The proceeds go to Macmillan to help them provide support for individuals and families affected by cancer. Special thanks must go to The Vaults in Cirencester for letting us take over their venue for the night, for Andy’s generous donation, and to everyone who helped out on the night (you know who you are, you amazing bunch!).

If you still want to donate, you still can here: https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/eleanor-ponting/

And finally, here’s some tracks recorded on the night


The Brave the Shave Gig – 28th October

If you’ve been keeping an eye on my social media the past few weeks, you might have heard about this already (I have been posting about it like mad!), but here goes anyway:

On 28th October, I shall be having my head shaved to raise money for Macmillan. This will be happening at The Vaults in Cirencester; we’ll be playing a full band set, and the fab Emily-Jane Sheppard will be supporting. Entry is free, but donations on the night are more than welcome. You can also donate digitally here: https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/eleanor-ponting/

We’re also rehearsing like mad as it will be our first gig featuring our new bassist Rowen Cox, and we’re all looking forward to rocking out with a completed line-up.

It’s Ells and the Southern Wild like you’ve never seen us before! 🙂


Swindon 105.5


Tomorrow (that being the 18th May), I am going to be appearing on Swindon’s community radio station Swindon 105.5 having a chat with Sean Hodgson on Live and Local.

If you live in Swindon, you can tune in on fm between 2 and 4pm or non-locals can stream the station live on http://www.swindon1055.com/

I’ll post up the podcast version when it’s ready too… assuming I don’t say anything too embarrassing that is!


So long 2015, A Belated Hello to 2016

Hello friends,

It’s already nearly the end of January and I am astounded by how quickly the year is going. 2015 was a quieter year for the band and me, but there have been lots of changes in the background and I have been taking time and re-focusing my energies. I am working on becoming a better songwriter, I am working towards filling up the gig diary and I’m working on making these songs sound as good as they can. The songwriter must serve the song, and I am aiming to do that more effectively through this year. I’m not going to divulge specific plans at the moment, but rest assured, we will be moving forward.

On that note, I am on the look out for a fourth member of The Southern Wild – I’m looking for a guitarist and backing singer who is able to help us make more of our sound, adding a little creative sparkle and some extra riff-age. If you think this is you, please get in touch via ells@ells.biz or drop me a message on Twitter or Facebook.

In other news, our first full band gig of the year will be at Stroud Brewery on the 6th February. More details on the brewery website on the events page.

See you there!


Pictures from Brewery Blues

Many thanks to Steve Fearn for these photos from Brewery Blues last Friday 15th May.

It was a fantastic evening, and it was great to catch up with Ray and Sian of The Black Feathers, and to meet and hear Hattie Briggs for the first time. Huge thanks to The Kings Head, Cirencester for hosting, to John Drummond and the team for the organisation and sound, and to everyone who came and welcomed us so warmly. Thank you x

Gig Announcement – Tonight!

A bit last minute, I know!

Tonight I will be supporting the fabulous Ethemia at The Stonehenge Inn near Salisbury. It will be a solo set, so come on down for some beautiful emotional acoustic music from Ethemia, and the usual noise from me!

See you then, my friends. x

March and April News

Thanks to Tom for bringing The Southern Wild duo to Calne, where we played at The White Hart supporting Jack Moore for his EP release last weekend. We were really warmly received by the White Hart crowd and staff, and are happy to be returning for a full night on Saturday the 4th of April with the full band.

Jack also played a fab set, and you can hear more of his stuff on Soundcloud /jack-moore-music.

Join us on the 4th for a great atmosphere, good beer and live music from E&SW.

And finally, best wishes to Terry from InSitu (Tom’s other band) who’s illness on the night meant that we got to play. Hope you feel better soon Terry!

Talking of other bands, check out Daryl’s new project The Southern Harmony (yes, they blatantly ripped off our name, no, we won’t hold that against them!) – they are on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernharmony

Later in April, E&SW will be supporting Mr Love and Justice at the launch of their new release – more details on that coming soon.