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’.


January 17, 2018

Handwritten lyrics

We have now added handwritten lyrics, signed by John Ellis, to the Chanoyu Records shop. It can be any of John’s lyrics written for The Vibrators, The Stranglers or solo projects.

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December 11, 2017

The infamous Christmas Ghost story

I often get asked about a Christmas Ghost story I wrote in 2102 as an homage to the great Charles Dickens. It was done in the form of a Facebook blog and many people added comments which helped me to develop the story that ran for a couple of weeks. People often ask where they can find the full story, so I have uploaded a PDF which should do the trick.

Here it is.


Hope you enjoy the journey.

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November 30, 2017

Infinity Drive: A new Kickstarter Campaign

When I was a member of The Stranglers, I created 12 tracks for consideration for the album content of what eventually became Coup De Grace. For a number of reasons, mostly to do with politics and ego, none of tracks were used. Stranglers fans have often asked if the ‘demos’ would ever be released as a CD. So this campaign is designed to fund a CD release in Digipak format. Please click the link below to find out more.

To pledge click here.

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November 27, 2017

John Ellis Collaborations

Over the last 40 years John Ellis has been collaborating on projects with musicians, artists and film-makers. He has now created a page dedicated to this body of work.

Go here for the page.


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October 23, 2017

Pictures from the recent Gigteractive show

Here are some pictures taken by Mr Sean Kelly from a recent performance by John Ellis at The Wanstead Tap in East London. The great Judge Smith supported with a wonderful set.

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September 29, 2017

The Music Photography of John Ellis

I have created a gallery of just a few of the thousands of photographs I have taken as a musician. Mostly of people I’ve worked with such as Peter Hammill, Peter Gabriel, The Vibrators and many more. I am hoping to do an exhibition and book one day.

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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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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.


Blues Guitar Workshop

May 21, 2014

Guitar Access

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


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.



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