106 Parkway, NW1 7AN
Weds 4 Oct 2017
NICK ELLIS is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old fashioned songcraft. 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.”
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…”
“… he’s played 250+ shows a year to become what many believe to be one of the best solo acts in the country, while his songwriting merits mention in the same breath as as Elivis Costello, Joe Jackson and Nick Lowe”
BLACK MOUNTAIN NEWS – Thursday, Jan 7, 2016
“This writer of prose, poetry and short stories has a populist perspective which seems steeped in irony and circumstance; it’s as if he’s hiding a universal truth that you just can’t put your finger on, but you know it’s there… his is a vision soaked in Crown Royal poured over sandpaper: smooth, with a bit of a bite.
Butch Lawson, Editor, Charm City Music Sheet, 2015
And then there’s this…
“Without a doubt one of the finest, most versatile players on the road today, Eric is a mash of styles that cover slide, finger-style, pure blues groove and dynamic improv approaches he calls “no fear playing”.
Eric spent two years in the EU with Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, returned to Boston and formed “The Atomics”, and moved to the DC area after five years of shows and tours with Mission of Burma, Gang of Four and The Dead Kennedy’s and numerous Boston bands.
Eric traces his musical stylings and influences to Jeff Beck, Bert Jansch, Davy Graham and Steve Howe (YES). On the free form side it’s Pat Martino, Al DiMeola and Joe Pass and the early catalog of Dave Brubeck with Joe Morello and Paul Desmond. Eric is steeped in the acoustic traditions of Doc Watson and Merle Travis, and the various experimental approaches of Philip Glass and the Small Movement.
Watching this guitar great will “make you jump out of your seat and hollar for joy” says Bugs Madison, in an interview for UK Melody Mag, 2012.
His credits include shows, tours, solo appearances and mixing drinks on the bus for everyone from 2014-2015 Tour Stars Bugsy LowLow, rockin’ the old school with Little Feat, John Mayall, Jerry Douglas, Sarah Watkins, John Hammond, Jr., to Spider John Koerner, David Bromberg, Leon Redbone, Buddy Guy, T Model Ford, and just about everyone in between… simply too many to name.
Not to be missed…”
Jean Banner / The Hudson Valley Times, NY