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Release Date:
24 October 2006
Title:
Rory Ellis Interview
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Interview and music with great Australian singer/songwriter Rory Ellis recorded in Melbourne October 2006.


Web and online shop: www.roryellis.com

2006 has seen the release of an album that is getting as much attention as the man who, to quote Jeff Glorfeld of The Age; "is one of those quintessential Australian singer- songwriters with buckets of talent, heaps of stories to tell, and impossible to pigeonhole. He's got blues man in him, some soul belter, red-dirt country and home-grown folkie."

Rory Ellis has performed at many major festivals in Australia over the years including, Port Fairy Folk Festival, National folk Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival and just recently completed his third tour of the UK in 2005 performing around 120 shows in 7 months. He performed at festivals such as Larmer Tree Festival, Fylde Folk Festival, Southsea Festival, Middlewich Festival, Broadstairs Festival, Great British R&B Festival and many more as well as venues all over the UK including London’ s famous Borderline, The Spitz and The Garage.

Whilst on tour in the UK he has also supported, amongst others, Eric Bibb, Chumbawamba, The Beautiful Girls, Rory McLeod and Gordon Haskell. Audiences at Rory’s numerous UK festival appearances and intimate performances have been captivated by his powerful vocal command and subtle acoustic instrumentation that bring the vivid stories to life.

Ellis launched his debut CD “Ride” in March 2001 to a four star review in The Age EG section by Lyall Johnson who challenged the readers, "If you're not deeply moved by this superb debut by Melbourne singer-songwriter Rory Ellis, it's doubtful you're human. Ellis, with his wonderfully deep, resonant voice, plumbs the depths of the human experience to come up with a sophisticated, inspiring album of predominantly earthy ballads about life on the streets."

Jackey Coyle of Rhythms acclaimed "Road Of The Braver Man" (released in 2003) that "the quality of Rory Ellis's voice alone the richness of the timbre, the skill of his technique - that he conveys an irresistable charisma, and that's not even counting his song writing skills. The first few verses I heard, I was done for - instant fan. Ellis's particular style, that he calls "urban folk", was melded living in a boxing gym, honed playing in Melbourne pubs, polished gigging on the festival circuit He recorded this, his second solo album, over three days live in the studio with no less than Dave Steel (guitars, accordion, percussion, mandolin and it's celtic cousin the cittern)". Jackey's enthusiasm continues, "He is a master of light and shade, of knowing when not to sing in order to give full effect."

The Melbourne native has spent many years touring locally and internationally with his eclectic sound of roots, folk and blues based music, he takes inspiration from his homeland and the varied histories of its people, and from his own eventful life.

His latest album "The Rushes" like his debut CD "Ride" also earned him four stars in The Age EG from Jeff Glorfeld who's opening paragraph reads, "When the big fella opens up his chest and lets fly with that lusty, rumbling voice, even then it's as if he's pulling back on the reins in fear of what might happen to innocent bystanders - it's that potent".

Rory himself says of "The Rushes", "the stark minimalist quality to it, which took me back to my roots of blues and country music the stuff that made me want to write music in the first place".

What the critics have said about Rory Ellis in the past...

If you are not deeply moved by this superb debut by Melbourne singer/songwriter Rory Ellis its doubtful you're human.
Lyall Johnson ,The Age EG

A voice that recalls the booming power of Chris Wilson...
Michael Smith, Drum Media

It is to Rory Ellis that we must look to gain an insight into the grit of the streets and those who live in its shadows as he has so eloquently captured this often misunderstood layer of harsh reality in both story and song...
Graham Blackley, Beat Magazine

Such is the quality of Rory Ellis's voice alone the richness of the timbre, the skill of his technique - that he conveys an irresistable charisma. And that's not even counting his songwriting skills. The first few verses I heard, I was done for - instant fan.
Jackey Coyle, Rhythms Magazine

To put it simply I have been blown away. As I sit here in front of my computer just having listened to Road Of The Braver Man, I have to admit my life has been enriched. Ellis is a man who has a story to tell and he knows how to tell it a man that is an important person in the music industry right now...
Natalie Vulic, Beat Magazine

Rory Ellis has a voice as big and far-ranging as all of Australia. It is a voice that has been compared to Chris Wilson's, rich and soulfully expressive, but listeners might also detect traces of Irish balladeer Jackie Leven, and even something of the great American folk singer Richie Havens. It is a voice perfectly suited to Ellis's songs...
Jeff Glorfeld, The Age EG section 11/7/03

The power of Ellis' lyrics is matched by the raw emotion he evokes onstage. In his gruff folky style Ellis takes the listener on a journey through the back alleys of Melbourne and into his home, letting you in to his own private world...
Fred E Gostein, City Search

He writes songs which come from his own life, not the waffly navel gazing rubbish that comes from so many singer songwriters, but songs which speak on a wider human level about important and vital parts of our lives...
Graham McDonald, Program Manager National Folk Festival

A voice as big as a gum tree and lyrics many writers would kill for. He has the ability to leave you with a lasting impression that you have just made a very important visit...
Jim MacQuarrie, Ex President Australian Folk Alliance

An Australian act that carries the spirit of this country's character. He is the quintessential Melbourne singer/songwriter destined to please audiences worldwide...
Chip Wardale President 2002, Cygnet Folk Festival

 
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