..had a pretty cool new years eve, singing live to 5000 nutters at the O2 academy in brixton, london. It was mental!!
Following her ‘first of its kind’ Quiksilver Women: Through the glass tour of the UK and Ireland Quiksilver Women Ambassador Ellie Lawson has released 2 Albums exclusively on her website to showcase her unique 2 month summer tour of Quiksilver shops.
‘Live in Covent garden’ is a collection of soul searching and socially conscious songs from both her albums ‘The Philosophy Tree’ and ‘Lost songs’ played live with her talented acoustic band in the Quiksilver Covent Garden store windows on the final date of her acoustic tour.
Alongside ‘Live in Covent Garden’ is the EP ‘Acoustic exclusives’ with recordings from live stripped down performances at the Gibson studios and other locations. This includes 2 new songs and a cover of Muse’s ‘Undisclosed Desires’
Both albums are available to buy now exclusively at http://www.ellielawson.com for the special discounted price of £4.99 for the two *when bought together*.
The first 50 people to purchase the new acoustic albums, (sample tracks at ellielawson.com/music ) will be put into a draw to win Autumn/ Winter Quiksilver Women Clothes! 3 winners will be chosen at the end of October 2010 and announced at ellielawson.com
Just back from the Relentless Boardmasters festival in Newquay, Cornwall and had a lot of fun! Boardmasters is held on a stunning cliff top location over looking Watergate Bay where 12,500 people attend the South West’s biggest live music event. Dave and I played on the view stage, which is their new acoustic stage.
Good old English weather threatened to pour down until an hour before we played but then brightened up a little bit. Not quite the scorching hot day we were hoping for but lots of lovely people still came to see us and support us!
Being non drinkers and non caffeine intakers we didn’t partake in the drinking of any Relentless drinks or vodka on offer but found a very cute little tent with free red current tea which was put-on by a lady who lives in Spain and self teaches her 3 kids in a house without an electricity generator which she has done for 15 years! She was very cool!
For the rest of the evening we were loving the sets from Plan B, Xavier Rudd, Seasick Steve and Newton Faulkner.
The beaches are gorgeous in Newquay so we made the most of it the following day by making sure to do some surfing with the Quiksilver surfing school and walking through the more quiet secluded beaches-avoiding the nuts magazine Bikini contests and the like where on 2 occasions I saw pink liquid coming out of some poor guys mouth! Oh the joys of alcohol- not!
This weekend we met some really lovely people at this festival. So thanks to Katy for booking us, those on Facebook who came along to support me! Really appreciate it!! Hope you had an amazing time! Thank you to Ady Webb for the brilliant photos of us playing the gig and Jen White for the videoing and Stacey for recommending them to me. Video/audio to follow asap. Bye for now,
Lots of love,
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!!
Thanks to Meena at Quiksilver Women for organising the tour! There will be a mini documentary of our tour asap! xxx
Review by Paul Zollo from: http://bluerailroad.wordpress.com/reviews/
Ellie Lawson, Lost Songs * This is astounding. This is worth pulling the car over to the side of the road and listening. This is worth stopping everything for. This is a young woman plugged directly into the electric source of creativity. This is songwriting and record-making of the highest level.
Among the many music-lovers in her native England and here in the USA, I was utterly entranced and jazzed by the wonder that was her debut CD, The Philosophy Tree. Even Ellen Degeneres loved her, inviting her to perform on her show before those of us in the know knew about her. But many artists peak on their first record, that first collection of songs culled from years of writing, whereas the sophomore effort is famously disappointing. Not so with Lost Songs, the new album from Ellie. She’s followed an amazing debut with a genuine wonder. Lost Songs, an 18-song collection of brilliance and inspiration, is a tour de force, a work by an artist at the peak of her creative potential. Here she’s not unlike Brian Wilson during his “Good Vibrations” excursion, both envisioning and realizing songs of great sophistication, as ornately and ingeniously arranged as a symphony, yet glowing with the golden radiance of the greatest pop singles. She succeeds, as did Brian, in being simple and complex at the same time, and her talent as a singer and musician matches the ambition of her songwriting and arranging chops. She’s a very rare artist, in that she has seamlessly fused the rhythms, rhymes and energy of hip-hop with the visceral edge of rock, the intimacy and tenderness of folk (both American and British), and the sweet seduction of pop. Though 18 songs are contained all on a single disc here, rather than be overkill, it flows with the inspirational expansive span of Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life – an abundance of riches; a miracle of an artist spinning is all directions at once and yet remaining radiantly focused.
Often she packs her lyrics with brisk successions of rhymes, like the rapid inner echoes of hip-hop and rap but with the heartfelt and poetic reach of folk – it’s as if Jay Z collaborated with Joni Mitchell. Only better. It’s very much 21st century music, in that it encompasses, really, almost all genres of music. It’s orchestral and intimate at the same time, both very rocking and very gentle.
She plays with traditional song structures, deconstructing and expanding them – often rising from a great chanted chorus into a kind of second chorus that bursts through with flames of exultation. She flirts with dynamics constantly: from fat polyrhythmic, multi-layered sound mammoths to naked voice and acoustic guitar; from fast, conversational word-jammed verses to sparsely worded sections of luminous melody; from verbose eruptions of language to haunting repetitions of simple phrases. Her music weaves threads from so many spheres of music that this is truly world music, but one that doesn’t conjoin two disparate worlds as much as it brings together all realms into a kind of musical Esperanto that has to be experienced to understand.
Great counterpoints of exotic vocal lines here, woven into the mix like Turkish violins, roll with the oceanic splendor of gospel at its most fevered – it’s all about ecstatic spirit speaking through physical forms. Often her music sounds channeled from another universe, bonded in the bedrock of unbroken rhythm. Many songs, like “One Another,” set a chanted chorus against wordless melismatic sections and then explodes into rich melodicism, stacking contrapuntal beds of vocals against soulful expeditions of the heart. “Apple” is an amazement, merging an urgent, passionate chorus with declarative mosaics of rapped verses set against great vocal riffs. It’s a powerful intersection between what’s best of what’s new and old; the beauty of pure melody with celestial harmonies and the timeless structures of classic songwriting. Like Joni Mitchell, she intimately shapes her art to match the specific sound and nature of her own singing.
As multi-hued as this is, it is not eclectic anymore than the Beatles were eclectic. What we have is the sound of new ground being broken. Rather than avoid the advent of hip-hop and rap, as have many traditionally-minded songwriters, she embraces and celebrates the greatness of the new music with the same respect with which she honors the traditions of the old. This music is so rich, so finely envisioned and realized, that you can fall into these tracks, and live in them for days at a time. In a world where a scarcity of substance prevails, this collection swims against the current of what’s conventional, packing in all the tunefulness, rhythmic and verbal wonder that tracks can hold. This is sensational. –PZ. www.ellielawson.com www.myspace.com/ellielawson
Independent Folk-pop artist Ellie Lawson is touring 9 Quiksilver stores in the UK as part of her sponsorship deal with Quiksilver Women. Ellie is a new breed of artist who is working with a brand to release music and build her career in a non traditional way. The pioneering singer who was previously signed with Atlantic records in the USA was championed by chat show host Ellen De Generes and has tracks produced by William Orbit. She will be gathering the crowds by performing with her acoustic band in shop windows on her “Through the Glass” Tour:
29th May- Mary Mary, LOUGHBOROUGH……………….1pm and 5pm
4th June- Joli, BELFAST,………………………………………….7pm
5th June- in Quiksilver Store, DUBLIN.…………………..1pm and 5pm
12th June- Quiksilver Store, BRIGHTON…………………1pm and 5pm
19th June- Quiksilver Store, FALMOUTH,………………..1pm and 5pm
20th June- Quiksilver Store, NEWQUAY,………………..1pm and 5pm
26th June- Quiksilver Store, CARDIFF,……………………..1pm ad 5pm
3rd July- Quiksilver Store, BRISTOL, ……………………….1pm and 5pm
17th July – Quiksilver Store, COVENT GARDEN,………. 1pm and 5pm
The socially conscious singer-songwriter who is working with the charity War Child has her own label called ‘Create your Own reality’ and previously sold 25,000 records touring with the USA book retailer Barnes and Noble. She is currently selling albums and raising finance with her ‘create my next album with me’ campaign via the shop at her website www.ellielawson.com. Lawson’s performances include opening for the BBC presenter Jimmy Doherty’s festival ‘Harvest at Jimmy’s Farm’ last September in Suffolk where KT Tunstall and Jose Gonzalez headlined. She has also previously played at the Abbey Road studios as part of the Brit awards and performed on the Ellen DeGeneres show where Ellen predicted live on air that Ellie would become ‘the hugest, hugest star.’ Gibson are proud to support Ellie Lawson who plays an EJ-200 acoustic guitar and we wish her every success with the imminent Quiksilver tour dates.
About Quiksilver Women’s Ambassador Program
Hi, I am supporting the children’s charity Warchild. I am giving 50p of every copy sold of my Lost Songs album as well as putting on gigs to spread the word. I chose this charity to support because it is a very small charity helping injured children around the world that have been caught up in Warfare. I feel that children should not have to pay the price for the politicians decisions and if I can help in a tiny way to relieve their pain and help them build a better future then I feel very good about that and so should you! This charity does a tremendous job helping injured children and because it is a small charity with low costs I can be 100% confident that the money is making a huge difference to the lives of these children.
• 2.7 million children under 5 have died due to war in Democratic Republic of Congo
• 1 in 4 children die before the age of 5 in Afghanistan
• 2 million Iraqi children have had to leave their homes since 2003
• Over 300,000 children are currently being forced to fight in wars around the world. An estimated 40 per cent of them are girls.·
Children don’t start wars. But their homes, schools, families and communities are torn apart by war. These are the very things kids rely on for protection and the chance to build a life free from poverty. War Child is a small international charity that protects children from the brutal effects of war and its consequences. We currently work in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Uganda.
We’re on the ground – supporting the most vulnerable children that are too often forgotten in the aftermath of conflict. These include:
Former child soldiers Children living on the streets Children put in prison Girls at risk of rape or violence
We are a small charity with big ambitions. Our staff are living and working in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones helping thousands of kids to rebuild their lives. By working with local partners, we provide a number of services for children including:
Getting children off the streets after war has forced them to leave home· Reintegrating child soldiers with their families · Separating children from adult detainees in prison and providing legal aid · Rebuilding schools destroyed by war and getting children back into education ·
Ensuring children get access to food· Vocational and professional training which gives them future opportunities · Counselling to help children cope with the effects of war ·
ok so for those of you who missed it, and those who want to relive some of the magic… here is an exclusive slice of the live action from our gig event at the Bedford Globe theatre a couple of weeks ago — that we put on in support of LoveMusicHateRacism..!!!!
THANK YOU SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH TO ALL PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED THIS GIG!!!!!!!!!
…………and again a massive shout out and special thanks to the other artists who played and made it such a memorable and successful event— AZIZ, PARK BENCH POET, AND HKB FINN.
Just a quick post this one…
CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD LINK to the BBC London snippet of my song Strong, played by Gary Crowley last week on London Calling!!!