Ellie Gowers is a UK-based songwriter and guitarist. Growing up in verdant Warwickshire, it’s easy to hear that her music is fed by an early love of literature and her pastoral surroundings. Ellie’s writing delves into ecological, sociological, and personal themes, all nestled in amongst storytelling. She brings these songs to life on stage with a strong and expressive voice ‘with echoes of Sandy Denny’. Described as sensitive and tender, but not without a fiery edge; Ellie has been labelled as dynamic, captivating, and one to watch.
Her 2019 single ‘Against the Tide’ (included on her EP release ‘Parting Breath’) garnered rave reviews and extensive airplay across BBC R2, Scotland, and Introducing. It even earned her a Tedx Talk. Between all of this, and with the time that lockdown allowed, Ellie poured all of her energy into her passion project: ‘Dwelling by the Weir’. A collection of songs that celebrates the stories and people of her home county. From ecological devastation to communities persevering together to husband-poisoning-wives; this album weaves the past, present and future together and was toured around the UK to audiences, picking up national airplay and reviews.
Off the stage, Ellie has worked with BBC R3, composing a commissioned piece for a retelling of George Eliot’s Middlemarch in 2022. A busy time for her, as she also toured the UK as Blair Dunlop’s special guest on his 20-date UK spring tour. Throughout 2023, she has been Warwick Arts Centre’s artist-in-residence; leading workshops and indulging in exciting collaborations.
She ties up the year with a new single release, The Stars Are Ours, a live session on BBC R2, and a UK tour.
“Full of delicacy, precision and gentle delight” - The Guardian
“An affectionate paean to her home country but one with themes and stories that will strike resonances wherever your roots may have formed” - Folk Radio UK
“Her voice is full of warmth and intimacy, and when it really soars you quickly find yourself swept away with it.” - FATEA
“A strong, crystal clear voice...an act to watch” - Bristol 24/7
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