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.
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.
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!
Here is another nice review of Sly Guitar.
Here’s a nice review of SLY GUITAR.
“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
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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.
They are free for personal enjoyment. However, if you work in TV, Film or Computer game production etc these tracks might be what you are looking for. Please use the contact form to get in touch with John Ellis at Chanoyu Records.
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.