Here is a selection of ellis artists:
Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)
Australian Guitar Vol 54 “What’s Hot”
“Jeff Martin former frontman with Canadian group the Tea Party dropped into the country in late June for a brief acoustic promo tour (with tabla player Ritesh Das) in support of his new album Exile and the Kingdom (a proper tour is planned for August).
Martin, who’s such a guitar nut he named his son Django James after Misters Reinhardt and Page, had Ellis build a unique seven-string resonator harp guitar inspired by Martin’s old Gibson harp guitar. Ellis’ invention has an extra nut just for the seventh string. It sits on the headstock and can be adjusted for bass, baritone and standard scale lengths and as it’s a floating string (ie its most obvious use would be as a drone string or for slide), there are no intonation problems associated with fretting when the scale is altered.
Martin used the guitar for three songs on the new album: “Black Snake Blues”, “Lament” and “Good Times”.
Live at the Enmore Theatre (2007) DVD by Jeff Martin features Jeff playing his ellis 7 string resonator harp guitar.
“Nathan has been playing Ellis guitars for years now. “Nathan is one of the most popular acoustic players over here,” says Andrew. “I read about him in the newspaper and went into music shop to show them my guitars, and he just happened to be there and tried them out and liked what he heard.” “immediately”, says Nathan on the experience, “what I noticed was that the projection of his acoustics was a lot more than anybody else’s guitars that I had played. I was previously playing a Martin six-string. The way that his guitar projected, to me, felt more open, it felt bigger. It has a lot more highs, more lows and a good mid-range.”” Australian Guitar Vol 55
James Michael Thompson is a blues musician modelling his style after slide greats such as Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson. Primarily a solo performer using guitar, blues harp, stomp-box and shakers as his percussive tools, Tompo combines blues with his previous experience in classical guitar and folk music. James cites musicians such as Jeff Lang, John Lee Hooker, Lloyd Spiegel, Paul Simon and Skip James as important influences on his guitar playing, songwriting and general approach to a career in music.
“All the way from WA, James, a solo acoustic artists, who Lloyd Spiegel calls a true bluesman, at a very young age Tompo has captured the blues and made it his own, you will be enthralled by his presentation and style of his music, his vocals are deep and soulful reminding me of the past struggles of men working on a chain-gang, or in the cotton fields in the deep south in the days of slavery. James Michael Thompson is a true bluesman!” Sonia Meggs – President Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
Pete Barrenger is one of Perth’s most interesting and talented up and coming instrumental acoustic guitarists. With his laid back relaxed style Pete has wowed audiences across Perth with unique original compositions clearly demonstrating his influences in Flamenco, Jazz, Classical and Contemporary Acoustic guitar.
Craig Sinclair, singer and songwriter in Albany, Western Australia, combines crisp fingerstyle slide guitar playing with soulful vocals and contemporary original folk-blues songwriting to craft a unique style that draws on many rich traditions, but in the end answers to itself. Craig’s playing style has been likened to blues players like Kelly Joe Phelps and Jeff Lang.
“Stones Beneath the Surface, Craig Sinclair’s debut solo album, is a left-handed, bluesy tour through the mind of a very talented guitarist and songsmith. It opens with some beautiful guitar picking, which sets the mood for the whole album and describes Craig’s art perfectly; modest, restrained and soulful.” (Cran Herlihy, KCR 102.5 FM)
Dave Mann is a well-known songwriter and performer in his home state of WA. With five respected CD releases under his belt he has been etching a steadfast reputation Australia wide for quality “timeless” songwriting and dynamic live performances. Dave has supported artists such as Jeff Martin (The Tea Party),The Whitlam’s, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, Eric Bibb, Thirsty Merc, Jeff Lang, Diesel and Lior.
Dave commands a striking stage presence; not only for his towering stature, but moreover for his impressive dynamism.His songs range from the uniquely poetic view of the everyday, thru to the weighty narrative of social/political issues. No matter what format, Dave is highly individual in his expression.
Andrew performs regularly around Perth. His performances are a combination of originals and instrumental covers. He is known for his arrangement of well known riffs into a medley with the challenge to the audience to name the originals included in the medley. He is sometimes accompanied by friends like singer Paul Rowe, drummer and guitarist Dave Cappa and jazz guitarist Rodney Longhurst. When performing Andrew uses an ellis acoustic Stompbox.
Andrew has also performed at venues in Sydney and Brisbane. He has released 2 CDs which showcase the various guitars he has built. These CDs include some of his original compositions. Find out more about Andrew Ellis Guitarist and Luthier.
Dave Capper has been a regular on the Perth music over the past 10 years. He has played all the major venues such as Mojos Fremantle, South Beach Hotel, The Swan Hotel, Sail and Anchor, The Paddington Ale House and many more. Dave is currently working on new material which will make up his first solo release. Dave also performs with fellow Perth musician Connie Kis Andersen.
Shaun Voon started playing in Kuala Lumpur. This is where he developed his playing and singing by playing in venues in and around KL. Shaun is now based in Perth, Western Australia. Shaun has played at many diffrent venues in Perth. A couple of his favorite venues are the Kidogo Arthouse and the Rubix bar.