Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned song craft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.”
Speakers' Corner is the latest release from Ellis - his fourth in the space of three years, following the streetscape narrative-noir debut of Grace & Danger (April 2016) it’s surrealist-folk follow-up, Daylight Ghosts (November 2016) and Adult Fiction (November 2017) "a novel set to music".
Speakers' Corner is available to pre-order on LP on CD here.
On his songwriting Ellis says: “I see my songs as chapters and scenes. My albums as movies and books. Except, in this film, these stories are true…”
'BLUE SUMMER' FROM THE SPEAKERS' CORNER ALBUM:
'HEARTBREAK CITY' FROM THE ADULT FICTION ALBUM:
Whispering Bob Harris, BBC 2
Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
"One of the most distinctive and talented voices on Merseyside"
Jenny Lee Summers, BBC Radio Merseyside
"His guitar style stands out as much as the songwriting"
Dave Monks, Radio Merseyside / BBC Introducing
“Ellis is a brilliant songwriter, with total disregard for the genre boundaries that can so often restrict acoustic artists. Ellis brings forth song after song of cohesively chill-provoking material that spans from blues, folk and country yet continuously remains in Nick Ellis’ unique style.”
Zach Jones, Getintothis
“Nick Ellis carries the song above and beyond the traditional, propelling it into the realms of a psyche soundscape"
"One of Liverpool's finest"
Peter Guy, Get Into This
"Hauntingly captivating, Nick Ellis has the gift many could only dream of"
Lauren Jones, The Music Manual
"Sounding like the sun looks from the top of a hazy Hope Street on a summer afternoon"
Alan O'Hare, Liverpool Etc
"The subtle craft of menace hangs underneath each wonderfully played out song"
Ian D Hall, Liverpool Sound & Vision
"Combines his classic songcraft, eye for a story and accomplished guitar playing in order to create a sound all of his own"
Duncan Haskell, Songwriting Magazine
'Blue Summer' video filmed at The Leggate Theatre, Victoria Building, Liverpool University, Liverpool
'Heartbreak City' video filmed at The Gustav Adolf Scandinavian Seaman's Church, Liverpool
Filmed and Edited by Graeme Lycett
Assisted by Tom O' Connor
Special thanks to Ole Johan Stokke and all the staff at The Liverpool University Victoria Gallery and Museum