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November 8, 2013

New Review of SLY GUITAR.

Here’s a nice review of SLY GUITAR.

From Hynagogue.

Click here for the review.

September 6, 2013

Sly Guitar on Misfit City

“On ‘Sly Guitar’, however he returns to (and lays into) his main instrument with a sharp-clawed and swaggering stylishness. It’s the kind of performance that suggests he’s ripped the tail-fin off a 1950s Cadillac and carved a new guitar from it.” Dann Chin, Misfit City

August 10, 2013

Interviews, articles and reviews

August 9, 2013

House Concerts

John Ellis

John Ellis, the founder of Chanoyu Records, is now available for house concerts. They are a great new way of connecting musicians to their audience. You hire John to come and play, then you can invite your friends along for an interesting evening of performance, stories from life on the road, Q&A session and some teaching if you’d like to develop your guitar playing skills.

It’s up to you whether or not to charge your friends.

April 6, 2013

Free downloads

March 1, 2013

Digital Downloads now in the shop.

You can now buy all of the tracks from Wabi Sabi 21© in the shop.

And you can also buy Guitar Lesson gift vouchers.

February 20, 2013

SLY GUITAR has arrived.

Sly Guitar, the new John Ellis CD is now available in the shop. It will have an official release in May 2013 through Gonzo Multimedia distribution but pre-release copies are available from this site.


February 11, 2013

The legendary JImi Hendrix Welsh National Anthem hoax.

A few years ago John Ellis was asked to provide a little bit of audio for a friends website. He didn’t know what was about to happen.

Check out the full story here.

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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A debut novel by John Ellis.



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If you like the work of Dan Brown, Peter Ackroyd, Tolkien, Joseph Campbell, Mervyn Peake, George R.R. Martin and others you will enjoy this debut novel from John Ellis.


'A Gift Of Serenity' follows the 'long march' of Charles Walker, a very unpleasant human being who 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 strange looking Walker from London to Cornwall across an ancient, sacred landscape set in the year 2020. He has left London as a result of a visit from The Blitzers and a need to find some kind of personal epiphany. On his way he encounters strange people 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. 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 more strange characters.


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.


The book is conceived as a piece of literature but is written as a series of episodes that would translate into modern television viewing such as Netflix or Amazon. But it is also an homage to the storytelling of his literary hero, Charles Dickens. In fact, several years ago Ellis created a Facebook thread as if it were an unfolding Dickensian Christmas ghost story. Readers took the story to be a real event and their praise encouraged Ellis to write in a more expanded form. The result is what you might be about to read.