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Gig Dates for Ells and the Southern Wild

Poster for upcoming gigs – including tonight’s at Unplugged Underground at The Cotswold Inn in Cheltenham. The band will be joining me on stage as Ells and The Southern Wild from May the 25th at Sunbeat Festival. I am looking forward to our full band shows immensely. Until then shows will be solo or duo with the lovely Tom on cajon. Don’t forget to check the gigs page for any changes/updated dates!

And finally, I’m happy to announce that the video for ‘His Words Lie Heavy’ is finished! I’ll be uploading it in the next few days, so you should be able to view it on-line from Monday. Naturally, I’ll be posting the link here, and on my Facebook and Twitter pages too.

In Which a Music Video is Made

November 2013 – a group of intrepid friends trek up to Barbury Castle, Wiltshire with the intention of filming a music video for my song ‘His Words Lie Heavy’. It’s raining, well, tipping down, but we make the journey anyway in the hope of getting some moody outside shots.

We mostly just end up getting wet.

So, after a quick scout round to suss out the location, we decided that interior shots would be a better plan.

Attempt number two at doing the outside scenes at Barbury happened later in the month. As it was still November, it was still raining – but this time we thought we might get away with the weather and get some decent footage anyway.

A cold, wet but successful day later, and the bulk of the video was on film!

We shot a few more scenes over the coming weeks, and then it was off to the editing suite…

And now I am happy to announce that the video will be released in the next few weeks!

Not only that, but ‘His Words Lie Heavy will be released as a single at the beginning of June, both online and as a very limited edition physical CD. I’ll be launching the single on June the 6th at The Acoustic Sessions at Riffs Bar with a performance from myself and the band, recently christened The Southern Wild.

And finally, a massive thank you to James Chadd, Jon Ponting, Emmalene Barlow, Gwen and David Hobson for all their help with the video, Swindon Borough Council for kindly letting us film at Barbury Castle, and of course, Alex Ball and Phillip Webb for having the idea in the first place, and helping me follow it through to conclusion. You guys are the best. (Totes).

All photos Copyright David Hobson 2013.

 

 

Free Download and Other News

Hello all – and a belated Happy New Year to you, seeing as this is my first website post of 2014!

The past couple of months has been pretty busy behind the scenes, as I’ve been working with drummer Tom Long (from InSitu) and bassist Daryl Ball (of Bateleurs and Stripped) to get some full band tracks together. There’s more to come, and more work to do, but before Christmas we went into the studio to get down ‘Beasts of Their Own’ which is now available to download for free. Massive thanks and a huge shout out to Dave Saunders at Little Monkey Recording Studios in Cheltenham for his help producing, recording and mastering. Great stuff.

Future plans include doing more stuff with the band, so keep your eyes peeled for updates. For the moment though, I have been writing new stuff and will continue to gig solo and as a duo with Tom on cajon.

Talking of gigging, I am currently booking dates for 2014, so if anyone would like me to play their event, hit me up at ells@ells.biz or use the contact form here.

And finally, I’d like to say a big thanks to you for all your support over the last year – I’ve met some great people and there have been some really fab highlights, including but not only the album launch and this year’s Treefest. If you’ve been following for a while, or even if you’ve literally just stumbled upon my music – thank you for listening. It makes it all worthwhile. 🙂

Back up and running

Here at Ells HQ, we’ve been having some trouble with website down-time and the like. Sorry about that.

However, we think it’s all fixed now so it’s all back to normal running here. Thanks for your patience and continuing support.

In other news, I’m popping into Stroud this Thursday for some Open Mic goodness at the Prince Albert. It should be a good night, and I’m hopefully going to be trying out some new material so it’d be lovely to see some friendly faces/fellow musicians/familiar hecklers.

That’s all for now folks – see you soon. 🙂

A Quick Note

Just to give everyone a quick heads up, I have disabled comments on this blog due to the dericulous amounts of spam I have been receiving.

If you have any genuine comments, questions, needs to get in touch for any reason you like – even if you just want to say hi – feel free to email me at ells@ells.biz.

Cheers me dears.

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!

Hello August!

August is here and summer is in full swing – honestly, I don’t know where the time is going! But I am looking forward to this month for a couple of reasons:

  • Gigs! Playing on the 3rd in Cirencester, the 4th in Swindon, we have a 4014 Open Mic on the 15th, Musical Walkabout on the 17th, both in Malmesbury, and a set at Stroud Fringe on the 31st. See the gigs page for times/locations etc.
  • Weddings! Many congrats to Gwen Bruist & David Hobson, and to Emma Fry & Ritchie Plumb who are getting hitched this month. Thanks to Gwen for asking me to be a bridesmaid and to play some songs too. I do love a good wedding, me!
  • Festivals! Yep, it’s almost time for Treefest at Westonbirt Arboretum – this year I’ll be mostly behind the scenes, but there may be some busking going on if the weather’s nice and you may see me popping up on stage to announce some bands – check it out on the 4014 website or the Westonbirt Arboretum site – we have a fantastic line-up this year! And let’s not forget Stroud Fringe or ArcTanGent, both also happening this month.
  • Hot Air Ballooning! Something I’ve always quite fancied doing will be coming into fruition shortly, weather permitting of course… fingers crossed it goes ahead. I’m quite excited already.

In other news, the album Freedom and Flight is now up on Itunes, Spotify and Amazon MP3 – it’s also available to buy in Swindon from Holmes Music and Blood on the Tracks. It should shortly be on sale in That’s Entertainment too!

Peace out. xx

Launched!

Here’s the first of a few videos recorded at the little gathering I hosted to celebrate the launch of the album. I was hoping to live stream the event, but one of the problems with living in the middle of nowhere is the lack of reliable broadband (our upload speed is well below the minimum required to stream stuff). There are many advantages to living here that well outweigh that though (like having lovely neighbours who don’t seem to mind me making a racket… thank you for that, if you’re reading this!).

I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to see me play on Friday, and on Sunday at the Rose and Crown. These were both ‘home’ gigs in a way, the first one actually being at home, and the second being in my local watering hole (which I sadly don’t live so close to these days), where I practically lived back in the day.

And finally thanks to Tom Long, my new drummer, who is featured in the above video. It was our first performance together and I’m really excited to see how much having the cajon has lifted the live songs. I’m really looking forward to playing more!

You can listen to the whole album on the music page and, if you like it, you can buy it as a physical CD at any of my gigs for £8, or as a download from Bandcamp for £5 (you can also buy the CD from here if you can’t catch me at any up-coming shows).

Announcement: The Long Awaited Album Release Date

Album Cover, Ells Freedom and Flight

Cover Shot by Jon Bailey

I am happy to announce that the album, Freedom and Flight, will be officially released on the 16th June!

It will be available from me at all my gigs, and from Bandcamp as a download or as a physical CD.

I am hoping that it will also be available from Itunes in the near future, once I’ve sorted all that malarky out…