ellis Acoustic Stompbox Players
Harry Manx (Canada)
Jamie Cullum (UK)
Kasey Chambers (Australia)
Andy McKee (USA)
Sammy Merendino (USA)
There are many ellis stompbox players in Australia and around the world. Here we feature a few:
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Celebrated Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel came to ellis guitars to purchase a stompbox. Tommy is best known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar.
Andrew Ellis was privileged to meet one of his guitar idols, Joe Satriani, when Joe performed in Perth. Andrew took the opportunity to introduce Joe to the ellis acoustic stompbox.
Stompbox Players – Canada
Don Rosshas emerged as one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world. Don’s self-taught journey on the instrument has encouraged him to follow his musical intuition. The result is an unclassifiable musical style that borrows from jazz, folk, rock and classical music.
Harry Manxhas been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West. Harry started out as a sound man in blues clubs in Toronto. “I’ve always had one foot in the blues from those days … what I got from those artists is a groove. That’s what I’m particularly interested in is the groove, and that’s the way I play blues”. “I went to Europe when I was 20 and started making money as a busker,” recalls Manx.
Harry then studied with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena, which has become Harry’s signature instrument. Harry spent most of twelve years in India learning. It was later on that Harry decided to explore the connection between Indian ragas and blues scales which eventually led to the Indo-blues hybrid that has become his style.
Stompbox Players – UK
Jamie Cullumis primarily a vocalist/pianist he also accompanies himself on other instruments including guitar and drums.
Cullum is well known not only for his abilities on the piano, but also for his style and charisma. One of the many things that features in Cullum’s concerts is the ellis Stompbox (not to be confused with an effects pedal for guitars), made from a small wooden block. Jamie uses the stompbox to enhance upbeat and fast-paced songs.
Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists. He has produced 20 albums since the 1970s. Luka continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do.
Luka Bloom writes and performs songs and has done for four decades now. For a man of limitless passion for music, change, tradition and its lessons, he says of it all that “It’s all about the Song”.
Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile multi-percussionists currently in the world, having immersed himself in percussion and drums from every part of the globe. The wide range of artists he’s worked with reflects the diversity of his playing. He has recorded and or toured with: Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, The Verve, Steve Smith, Texas, Trans-Global Underground, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Russ Miller / Nelly Furtado, Natasha / Daniel Bedingfield, Ronan Keating, Rory Gallagher, Gary Husband, Pet Shop Boys, Beth Orton, Amy Winehouse, Mel C, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC concert orchestra, Sinead O’Conner and more!
Stompbox Players – USA
Andy McKee is a self-taught musician who grew up studying cassettes and CDs of artists as diverse as Preston Reed, Don Ross, Billy McLaughlin, and Michael Hedges, Eric Johnson, and Dream Theater. Interesting enough, his slap and pop technique is inspired by Earth Wind & Fire’s bassist Verdine White. He also absorbed the sophisticatedly accessible work of 1980s icons like Toto and Tears For Fears. His compositions and imaginative technique are an amalgamated conception of these disparate aesthetics—the chops-y journeys of guitar masters, the irreverent genius of the modern acoustic wizards, and the creative and hooky compositional and arrangement sense of good 1980s pop. Andy writes with rich impressionistic chords that often evoke beautiful country landscapes. He arranges with a keen understanding of dynamics and how songs have to feel transporting to have emotional currency.
Sammy Merendinois an in-demand session drummer/programmer in New York. He has recorded and/or performed with many of the worlds top artists, including Cameo, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Foreigner, Pat Metheny, Carl Hancock Rux, Ziggy Marley & The Melody, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Dar Williams, Sophie B. Hawkins, Peter Wolf, Darden Smith, Loudon Wainwright III, Anita Baker, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, Michael Bolton, Spyro Gyra, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick and many more.
Kaki Kingis a Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer. Over her decade long career she has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats. She has also contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours. Each twist and veer marked the turning of a page, another step forward on a truly exceptional musical path. Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You – to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording – King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what’s expected.
Stompbox Players – Norway
Bjørn Berge is a Norweigan guitarist. For the last 15 years he has worked primarily as a solo artist. Working solo gives him more opportunities for interpretations and improvisations in the studio, as well as live on stage. Bjørn`s music combines several genres which are not easy to categorize; it combines Blues, Jazz or Folk with strong elements of Rock and Funk.
Live on stage he mainly plays his own compositions, but also interpretations of artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Butler Trio, Joni Mitchell and Motörhead.
Stompbox Players – Australia
Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s premier singer/songwriters. He is known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structures. Josh is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative use of both words and music places him in a league of his own.
Sarah McLeod is an Australian musician from Adelaide. From 1994 to 2004 she was the frontwoman of rock band The Superjesus. In 2005 she launched her solo career. Sarah played solo acoustic gigs which were well received. She also released two solo albums – Beauty Was A Tiger and Live & Acoustic
Most recently, Sarah has been touring the country performing acoustic shows and has recently reformed her rock band The Superjesus that bought her to fame in the 90′s..
She has three ARIA awards and over 300,000 record sales to her name from her Superjesus, and has been referred to as the “iconic Aussie rock chick”.
Kasey Chambersand husband Shane Nicholson grew up on the sounds of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Gram Parsons – primarily American songwriters, though they do see an irony in being referred to as ‘Americana’ artists. “We just play this music because that’s what we love. We don’t play it because it’s cool,” says Chambers. “I think people possibly worry too much about giving music labels.”
With 12 albums between them, and countless road miles under their wheels, Chambers and Nicholson have together created their own niche and own voice in a musical territory that is more than familiar to them.
“This is what we sound like when we play. We were both brought up on artists that sat on the fringe of country music, and that’s still where we mostly like to hang out.”
Ash Grunwalddrew attention as a solo artist with the release of 2002′s Introducing Ash Grunwald recorded live with only acoustic guitar and foot percussion consisting of a stomp box and tambourine.
Blistering live sets on the festival circuit throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, America, Europe and the UK, have had critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots, blues, beats and a whole lotta groove for now, more than a decade.
Ash has opened for acts as diverse a James Brown, Bo Diddley, Keith Urban, Jack Johnson, Missy Higgins & Pete Murray.
“Amazing for one guy with a guitar and percussion” – Sydney Morning Herald
Toby, from Western Australia, is so much more than just “energetic, raw, and feisty.” She is power defined. Her voice has the potential to create a musical revolution. Toby is simply an incredible performer.
Over the past seven years Toby has performed nearly 1000 shows around the world. Focusing mainly on Australia, Europe and Canada – nothing seems to stop this woman from touring. In the meantime she has released 5 albums, 2 live DVDs and several EPs. She is the hardest working musician in Australia!
She has supported the likes of Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Paul Kelly, The John Butler Trio, Brandy, The Indigo Girls, Gomez, Donavon Frankenreiter, Luka Bloom and Pete Murray.
Andrew Wintonis a musician based in Perth, Western Australia. He has been inspiring and entertaining audiences on both the west and east coasts of Australia. A blend of guitars, ellis stomps, great vocals, humour & original songwriting bring to life Andrew’s engaging & authentic style crossing blues, roots, pop, bluegrass & gospel genres. His concerts are high-energy presentations of original material and eclectic re-discoveries, punctuated with humour and stories.