Americana may be the buzzword of the industry, but Rory Ellis personified this genre with pride, years before it became cool.
Ellis has played across the world, garnering accolades at festivals including the Worthenbury Blues Festival, Isle Of Wight Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Maryport Blues Festival and the Shetland Folk Festival all in the UK. Castel St Pietro Festival Of Blues in Italy and, closer to home, is a regular at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and has played the National Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Australian Blues Festival, Thredbo Blues Festival and the list goes on. He has performed alongside artists of the calibre of Richie Havens, Eric Bibb, Chumbawamba, Robert Cray Band, Canned Heat, Charlie Musselwhite, James Reyne, Renee Geyer, Diesel, and in Tamworth, alongside Troy Cassar Daley, Gina Jeffreys, The McClymonts and Tommy Emmanual, as part of the Fender Roadcases Show.
“Rory Ellis is one of the great storytellers on the Australian roots scene. A big man with a huge voice, with a trove of outstanding material at his disposal, he immerses us into his world… His huge, deep voice is a remarkable instrument of rich and raw emotion. It is that voice, the absolute quality of the musicianship and incomparable song writing talent that really sets him apart as an artist.” Mick Griffin, Bendigo Weekly