I have described that a portion of my Bandcamp purchases are from searching and browsing the Folk tags at the bottom of their home page. Just look at this first page search as writing this blog, Emily Barker and Aoife O’Donovan are both in my wish list already.
Ellie Gowers has been making an impression wherever she lands. Her music embeds a fierce energy that echoes the 60’s folk revival scene and she is known to hold pride of place on stage with her strong and lucent vocals.
Since this is my Release Review I’m obligated to start with a sampling that album.
2) Dwelling by the Weir
I’d love to live or at least visit this dwelling.
3) Woman of the Waterways
The video brings such joy to watch and modernizes the feel of the song. Plus the video gives a great description of the inspiration:
Whilst being a landlocked county, Warwickshire’s landscape is very detailed with waterways of rivers, streams, and brooks, and possibly one of the most important transport methods that have seen this county doing trade with cities such as Birmingham, Coventry, and London. Families lived on these boats, enduring the grueling tasks of daily narrowboat life. This song was inspired by Rose and Joe Skinner who eventually retired to a house along the canal. However, it wasn’t long until they started spending nights on the water when the stillness of the house became too much. I had so much fun writing this song and looking at the lives of all the women who had worked on the canal ways of Warwickshire.
4) A Letter to the Dead Husband of Mary Ball
Oh my is this woman is only 27 and she writes like she’s lived for 50 years and over 100 years ago. Of course the album is described,
This album came together naturally over lockdown when I had time on my hands to explore the place I had grown up. After being away from home for so long, it was nice to return (albeit not under the best circumstances cough covid cough) and delve into the history of Warwickshire, taking a look at the people and stories who have shaped it into the home it is today.
She nailed it.
5) Brightest Moon
Ellie captures two personal disasters and neighbors helping with arms wide open. Goosebump worthy as you love the support. I’m of coursing guess she found the story in the history books and really brought it to life.
A nice video too
6) Poor Old Horse
I love this song, makes me want to start a playlist for animal songs.
9) Ribbon Weaver
Love this solo video:
As the introduction noted, I watched her 2020 Ted Talk which was basically a song shared.
Against the Tide
This song, produced with dramatic electric guitars and peaks.
Then I found this video… oh my I’m a sucker for a good old traditional ballad, 14 piece orchestration and her vocals absolutely perfect.
I was tempted to buy all of her music that night but stopped at one more EP, because it started with this fun song lead by a fiddle and you know how much I love a good fiddle lead song.
I also found this video with a song Richer that I could find anywhere to buy it yet.
And seeing this video, I would love to have her play my house concert if she ever comes to the states.
Ok it beautiful English traditional music isn’t your cup of tea (so to speak) this blog post and Ellie Gowers might not be your style, but if you made it this far you have to agree this woman is one talented lady. My recommendation is buy the Dwelling by the Weir and follow her; she’s going places. You can say you knew her after she put out her first album release and found it on Dave’s Basement Tracks blog.
Here’s my one click YouTube playlist for the songs in the blog post:
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Bonus video here is an hour video interview video I found after I had the blog post done, of course I love listening to her accent and taking about her Mum, and I love that Harry Potter was an inspirational part of her youth.