Ellie is a songwriter and guitarist from Warwickshire. What grew from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song is a carefully crafted and emotionally mature catalogue of original material, referencing artists such as Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Laura Marling.
Bringing to the stage a strong voice full of expression and maturity, her songs are written with sociological, ecological, and personal themes in mind. These songs, at times, are sensitive and tender, but are not without the fiery and darker discourse that have seen Ellie labelled “dynamic” and “one to watch”.
When 2020 put plans on hold, Ellie found herself making good use of her new-found free time. From online collaborations to self-discovery through songwriting, she started working as lead vocalist in the exciting Filkin’s Drift Ensemble project. With success already from the single release Against the Tide and a TEDx Talk that followed, Ellie entered 2021 with a brand new EP Parting Breath. The EP pays homage to Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne and received rave reviews and extensive radio play. As live gigging returned, Ellie closed the year having played a national UK tour and some of the biggest venues and festivals she’s done to date.
2022 is set to be a big year for Ellie. She starts the year writing music for a BBC Radio 3 production to be aired in March, and will be touring the UK as Blair Dunlop’s special guest on his 20 date UK spring tour. In late Spring her highly anticipated debut album Dwelling by the Weir is set to be released. Weaving the past, present, and future together, the album is an exploration of the folklore, stories, and people that made her home county of Warwickshire what it is today.
“A strong, crystal clear voice...an act to watch” - Bristol 24/7
"The absolute control and delicacy of her performance was amazing to watch” - Visit Coventry
“Ellie Gowers’ exquisite voice and unique vocal style was absolutely mesmerising. She’s one to watch” - Love Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury Folk Festival)
"Thank goodness Ellie doesn’t sound particularly like any other performer" - Hot Music Live
"A technically gifted vocalist (with an) ability to infuse depth of feeling into her voice” - FATEA
“A strong voice immediately impressed, only to be then joined by admiration for her song writing” - Folk Radio
“There’s blues lurking, and a hint of jazz, something that teeters on the edge. A Folk restraint just hauls it back but there, tantalisingly, just for a minute, was an extraordinary thing. It’s so thrilling when it happens” - Tall Folk
Friday 5th May - Sunday 4th June
Festival bookings throughout the year