Covent Garden: Quiksilver store gig

Played the final date of the Quiksilver Women tour in Covent Garden on Saturday and had an amazing day! Thanks to everyone that came down and watched and all the students and friends who helped out on the day! Thanks to my lovely band, Dave, Hils and Tom! Had a lot of fun and REALLY enjoyed playing! I must have the most broad fan base ever!! So many different fans-I love it! Hope you like the CDs and well done to Peter Kent for winning the competition for £100 worth of Quiksilver clothes!!

In the Covent Garden shop window

Thanks to Meena at Quiksilver Women for organising the tour! There will be a mini documentary of our tour asap! xxx

my friend Daniel Cho

I have woken this morning after a night of taking in the news that musician Dan Cho has passed away suddenly on tour whilst in Switzerland about to play the Montreux Jazz festival with Regina spektor.

I met Dan after he auditioned as pianist to play with me on the Ellen DeGeneres show whilst I was living in New York. I stayed for 2 years in New York and Dan played gig with me in Las Vegas at the CES Electronic show with world space radio and played gigs with me on my Barnes and Noble tour and generally in New York and Brooklyn in places like the Livingroom, the Rockwood and many others.

Dan was an incredible musician in his feel and intelligence. When ever I played him a song he would improvise the most brilliant riffs and pretty much everything that he played would sound beautiful. He just had that feel. He was also very modest and funny and would make jokes all the time.

The song below (“how long”) was a new song I played him in a small rehearsal room in 42nd street , Manhattan and this is what he played along straight away with Dave and I. This is just recorded with a mini disk player and I like the intimacy of it and hearing him play. He also played piano and cello on the recordings of my songs “London Town” and “There’s still time” on my Lost Songs album. As well as my acoustic version of “Friends”. I will treasure these recordings and that I got to spend time and play music and hang out with such a beautiful person. He will be missed by so many and Julia, Audrey and his family are in my prayers.

Ellie xxx

Quiksilver “through the glass” tour video snapshot…

Hey guys!!!!    Wooweeeeee   very nearly finished my “through the glass” tour of quiksilver women stores across the UK and ireland this summer….  had an amaazing time!!  thanks soo much to all of you who have come out and been involved so far!

So….  there’s just one date left– the grand finalee at Quiksilver Covent Garden store on Saturday 17th July,  and I would love you all to come along, and get into the covent garden vibe for the day with me!   We’ve put together a little video snapshot of where we’ve been over the last two months, and to remind & inform the uninitiated about the final tour date–  so i hope you enjoy this little- vid,  and tell your friends!!  xx

Ellie xx

Postcard from my ‘Through the glass’ tour

Hello! I’m more than half way through my Quiksilver Women ‘Through the glass tour’ and I’m having a blast! My acoustic band and I have been to Loughborough, Dublin, Belfast, Brighton, Falmouth and Newquay! Phew! Still to come Cardiff, Bristol and Covent Garden in London. It’s certainly a different way of playing to the crowds! Here’s us in Holiday Hotspot Newquay, Cornwall! It was baking and we had a beautiful sunny weekend on the beach when we werent behind the glass!

.....Having a blast at the AWESOME Quiksilver Newquay store--- sunshine included as standard.. XX =)

Playing to the local crowds and merrily signing CD’s is great fun especially when people that I’ve never met know all the lyrics to my songs! Very impressive seeing as I have so many lyrics!! The shop owners have been a great laugh and we are really excited about making a short video about our tour which will be finished in August! Thanks to everyone thats coming out to see us and snapping up my CDs!

Heres us at the Brighton store in the south of England on fashion Rocks weekend. This is where I used to go for my summer hols as a child so loved playing the store here! It was extra hot and the window was pretty small so the store owner got us playing outside in the sun and the people in the restaurant next door loved it!

...playing at the lovely Brighton exclusively Quiksilver Womens boutique store..

Thanks to Dave as always on guitar and Djembe and for keeping me amused, the talented pianist and singer Hils for taking time out of teaching music and late but great addition to the band Tom on bass. Not forgetting hilarious Kev our cheeky sound engineer and Meena for faciliatating and helping us put together this crazy tour!! Best of all thanks Quiksilver Women for all the costume changes! Each week I loved planning what to wear and having a shop full of clothes to choose from! Definitely living the dream!

.."Mary Mary" at Loughborough
press buzz at "Joli" -Ballyclare, near Belfast...

http://www.youtube.com/user/ELLIEtelly1

…..is the address for my youtube channel– where you can find lots of new live performance videos from the tour. These include Gotta get up from here, Paperchasin, Losing myself, Open up the door, One another, Strong, I know and many more! The short film of our tour will be ready to watch in August!  STAY TUNED !!!   XXXX

ASCAP online feature

 Ellie Lawson

As the free download culture continues to challenge the music industry, Ellie Lawson proves that it is still possible for independent artists to take their careers into their own hands and forge a new path. The folk-pop singer-songwriter has become the first artist sponsored by a fashion brand to tour retail shops in the UK. Her ten-stop “Through the Glass” Tour kicked off on May 29, 2010, and she can be seen from Brighton to Dublin, Cardiff to Covent Garden, performing with her acoustic band in Quicksilver storefront windows as part of her sponsorship deal with Quicksilver Women.

Lawson has previously played at the Abbey Road studios as part of the Brit Awards, in addition to opening for BBC presenter Jimmy Doherty’s festival, “Harvest at Jimmy’s Farm” last September where KT Tunstall and Jose Gonzalez headlined. She has also worked with producer William Orbit and performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where Ellen predicted live on the air that Ellie would become “the hugest, hugest star.” The singer was previously signed with Atlantic Records in the USA and sold 25,000 records through the book retailer Barnes & Noble. She has since started her own label, Create Your Own Reality.

Her new album, Lost Songs, was released independently and is available for purchase at www.ellielawson.com.

http://www.ascap.com/playback/2010/06/faces_places/london_calling/EllieLawson.aspx

Brighton Fashion Week

instore quiksilver gigHey… just a reminder about my gig this SATURDAY in Brighton , at the Quiksilver womens store, Duke Street. It has been cleverly crafted to coincide with Brighton Fashion Week,    which is going on from 9th to the 12th of June.

I will be playing in the window from 1pm and 5pm, world-cup craziness permitting, as part of my UK quiksilver “through the glass tour”,  and would love to see you there!!

Love, Ellie  xxxxx

Brighton Rocks   (ELLA ALEXANDER 08 June 2010) from Vogue.com

CREATIVE hub Brighton tomorrow kicks off it’s annual fashion week pulling together the best designer talent from the local area.

“We’ve been on an incredible journey since launching six years ago,” said Liz Bishop, director of Brighton Fashion Week. “Every year the event has grown, and this year we’ve attracted big name sponsors who can ensure that we can keep staging the innovative catwalk shows and fashion-related events we’re renowned for”.

more at:   http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/100608-brighton-fashion-week-2010.aspx

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