January 24, 2013

Welcome to Chanoyu Records.

Chanoyu Records is a new label created to release the music of UK guitarist/composer John Ellis.  SLY GUITAR is the latest release by John. His work as a guitarist has been compared with artists such as Robert Fripp and Fred Frith. If you are interested in modern guitar music, this is the place for you.  Copies of SLY GUITAR are now available from this site.

The moody soloing on “Infanta” could easily have come off one of Andy Summers’ and Robert Fripp’s well-known collaborative albums, Bewitched and I Advance Masked from the early eighties. “Pedalo” would actually fit rather well on a late-period King Crimson album.” From a review by ‘Make your own taste’.

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September 17, 2017

Pierrepoints Pendulum

This is a little bit of home filming of a song for Ruth Ellis (no relation). She was the last woman to be executed in the UK. The hangman was Albert Pierrepoint. Her life was a Shakespearean tragedy set in 50’s London. I am about to start a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to get a number of my songs recorded properly with session players etc.

August 28, 2017

A Gift Of Serenity

A Gift Of Serenity is a novel by John Ellis.

‘A Gift Of Serenity’ follows the ‘long march’ of Charles Walker, a very unpleasant human being. He has left London as a result of a visit from The Blitzers and a need to find some kind of personal epiphany. He is drawn to an unknown destination in the West of England, not knowing who or what he will find when or if he gets there.

Over thirteen chapters we follow the pale man from London to Cornwall across an ancient, sacred landscape set in the year 2020. On his way, he encounters bizarre characters and experiences events that come from a mysterious and darker England hidden from the view of city dwellers, a place of folk memory and local legends. On your own journey as a reader, you will meet the giant Jargo Darrowman , Magda and her blind brother Jess, the female vicar Ophelia, Stella Phoebe Moon, the barmaid of The Crafty Crow and many others.

In this debut novel, John Ellis has drawn from personal experience and his own interests in the sacred landscape of England to craft a story that combines mystery, suspense, surrealism and magical reality. He says the story grew out of the lyrics of a song he wrote and still performs regularly called Albion Street.

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August 10, 2017

Gigteractive Event at The Wanstead Tap

I will be performing one of my rare Gigteractive shows at The Wanstead Tap in East London on 21st October. The great Judge Smith will be opening the evening with a set of songs from his amazing albums. Judge will have copies of his records, many of which I play on, for sale on the night.

Gigteractive means you’ll be able to see lyrics and other information for each of the songs I’ll be playing on a dedicated web page so bring your laptops, tablets and smartphones.

John Ellis: Gigteractive at The Wanstead Tap

July 12, 2017

Blues and Folk Guitar Workshops

John Ellis teaches a regular monthly Beginner Blues Guitar workshop at The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch, London. They are a lot of fun. If you would like to buy a ticket as an interesting gift or just buy one because you want to learn about playing blues guitar, here is the workshop page link. These workshops are also great for employees looking for an interesting event for their staff. These workshops can be delivered on company premises.

WORKSHOPS

Blues Guitar Workshop

May 21, 2014

Guitar Access

Check out the site for John Ellis’ guitar teaching. Lots of how-to’s and tab.

www.guitaraccess.org

May 15, 2014

Wabi Sabi 21© and the Gallery Music Series

We have now made available all the tracks from the Gallery Music Series and Wabi Sabi 21©. These represent the electronic side of the music of UK composer John Ellis.

You can stream the full length versions of all tracks and you can also buy individual tracks.

               

May 12, 2014

Music in the new world.

Do you love real music?

We are clearly at a major turning point when it comes to the interface of artists and the people who like their music. Without your support, musicians and songwriters like myself would find it almost impossible to carry on the creative process. Traditionally, record labels, publishers and agents etc were the ‘middlemen’ in that process.

But for most of us those days are over. And that means that artists and fans are now working much more symbiotically. Fantastic!

So here are a few ideas for those of you who want to help and support emerging artists or those of us still dedicated to exploring new musical landscapes. (more…)

April 17, 2014

Pidgeon Holes & other dilemmas.

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So……….you learn to play guitar and you listen to lots of different types of music and you end up creating something that is , hopefully, unique music. Now, at some point you think “I’d like to do a gig or 2 or even make a record”. That’s the easy bit. And now for the dilemma.

Now you find that you have to give your work a ‘genre’ label. For you, it’s just the thing you do, but Outsideworld must know which mental folder to stuff you into. Are you rock, punk, blues, flamenco, skiffle, surf etc?

You’ve got 2 choices. Find a pidgeon hole that might vaguely have space for your type of twanging OR tack on your own little box. In fact if you are a truly creative musician you will be tacking on lots of different boxes. Now, as we know, pidgeon holes have to have a little label stuck on the front because the makers of those boxes assume the visitors to said boxes are too stupid to work out for themselves what is in the box.

So here is the current over-a-cup-of-rosie-lee conversation at Chanoyu Towers. What should we write on the label when we stuff  SLY GUITAR into our new pidgeon hole, because there sure ain’t one around with room for us!

April 8, 2014

Another Sly Guitar review

Here is another nice review of Sly Guitar.

November 8, 2013

New Review of SLY GUITAR.

Here’s a nice review of SLY GUITAR.

From Hynagogue.

Click here for the review.

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