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.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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!
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).
I’m happy to announce that the album is done… almost!
The last couple of weeks I have been sorting out final small but important bits and pieces (such as artwork) – and once these are sorted, I can finally announce a release date.
Talking of artwork, the very talented Jonathan Bailey is kindly allowing me to use one of his photographs for the album cover – if you’d like to check out his work (which is fab), his website is here: www.jonathanbaileyphoto.com.
The process of recording, mixing, getting the album mastered and ready for release has been in turns an enjoyable, creative, frustrating and exciting experience. I’ve learnt a lot from it, am proud of how it’s turned out and am looking forward to releasing it out into the wild, so to speak.
Freedom and Flight will be available in various places as a physical CD and as a download – exactly where is to be confirmed, but I will let you know as soon as the release date is finalised. Watch this space!
Firstly, I am playing at Riffs Bar this Saturday (26th) as part of their definitely-not-stolen-off-Jools-Holland Later with Riff event. Should be a great evening – there’s going to be sets from Josie and The Outlaw, the fab Ethemia, acoustic blues from Ian O’Regan and more – all hosted by Mr Riff himself, Andy Pett.
Secondly, a quick thank you to Malcolm and Andy for having me on The Late Gig on Swindon 105.5 on Sunday. Had a lovely chat with the guys and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Tune in next week for a session from The Black Feathers, who are both lovely and brilliant.
And finally, the album is starting to come together though there is a lot more to do. I might even post a taster up here soon…