Brought together by Russ Litten:
Nick Ellis is dedicated to the concept of “Song” and “Melody”. Some people call it folk, some just call it good old-fashioned songcraft. Currently based in Liverpool, Ellis blends streetscape narrative-noir with a classic British acoustic approach. Using a blend of rhythmic attack and finger-quick lucidity, his sound has been described as “a conversation between Elvis Costello and John Martyn.”
Adult Fiction is the latest album release from Ellis - his third in the space of two years - following the streetscape narrative-noir debut of Grace & Danger (April 2016) and it’s surrealist-folk follow-up, Daylight Ghosts (November 2016).
On his songwriting, Ellis says: “I see my songs as chapters and scenes. My albums as movies and books. Except, in this film, these stories are true…”
Ant Campbell – Recently sold out two solo shows at Liverpool Comedy festival. He has sold out a further two shows for February and has been earmarked as a rising star, with massive potential, by fellow comedians and critics
Mel Bowen is a Merseyside-based songwriter, his compositions are awash with melodic and lyrical dexterity. Folk and roots influences weave with bossa nova and jazz inflections, yet his sound and songcraft remain firmly rooted in the British tradition.
His debut EP Everyday's A Holiday was released Sept 2017 and was received with tremendous reviews. A video of a track taken from EP entitled 'What Have We Become' highlights the injustice of 37 sacked & imprisoned Camel Laird shipyard workers in 1984. Off the back of the Everyday EP he is planning on releasing a single entitled No Nations No Borders Just People on all formats including good old vinyl.
2017 was an incredibly productive year for Mel seeing him gig up and down the UK extensively supporting the likes of Howie Payne, Nick Ellis, The Farm & Canadian Marker Starling on the UK leg of his European Tour
Outside of the usual songwriting duties Bowen wrote music & song for Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Radio 4 play 'The Believers'. Mel also created the opening title track ‘The Beautiful North’ for a 6-part ITV social history documentary called ‘Tales From The Riverbank’.
But live performance is really where Bowen is at. He's currently performing shows with the amazingly talented jazz pianist & vocalist Emily Valerio. 2018 promises much for Bowen, already a busy gigging schedule, including a gig in Paris, he really is starting to make people sit up and take notice, he's a musician that simply needs to be heard.
Little is known about shadowy underworld figure Roy except that his tales of match days skirmishes, late night pub encounters and taxi rides with ex-professional darts players have been endlessly repeated by those who have been lucky enough to hear them, cementing his reputation as Liverpool’s finest purveyor of urban myth and madness.