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“I saw Ells and Tom play at Mr.Trickett’s Cafe in the Stroud Sub Rooms just after her debut album ‘Freedom and Flight’ had been released, bought the album on the night and it’s truly outstanding. She’s equally skilful on guitar and keyboards, and sings in a lovely mezzo voice, most strongly showcased when she covers Counting Crows’ ‘Raining in Baltimore’. Pretty ironic this, as her self-penned material is so strong but there’s the beginnings of a sound crossover from upstairs that sees some of her quieter pieces, including the beautiful ‘The Photographer and the Owl’, abandoned in favour of more uptempo numbers, notably new single ‘His Words Lie Heavy’ with Tom’s sizzling cajon driving the songs along. For me, predictably ‘Tangled Waltz’ is the highlight of the night, with the left hand keeping strict waltz tempo while her right frolics on the keyboard, becoming gradually more discordant as the tale of infidelity unfolds – it is a wonderful song. Well worth coming to see them tonight” Geoffrey Head April 2014

“Words have great power over us, they can uplift us or bring us crashing down, and if they are spoken by someone we care for, they can be like a time bomb about to explode. This dark fear of the devastation or elation that can come from a few words is crafted into a new song [His Words Lie Heavy], by Swindon’s Ellie Ponting, known in music circles as Ells.” Flicky Harrison – Swindon Advertiser May 2014

“The songs are emotional and so expressive. Music in its purist and most soulful form. Tangled Waltz is so haunting and really stands out” Paul Farrar – Stroud FM

“Tangled Waltz, a song that Damien Rice would sell his Grammy for…” Dave Franklin, Green Man Music Publications/Swindon Advertiser

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