Dennis Ellsworth is a rare beast. His ability to engage a room is really quite something to see, as this Prince Edward Island (CA) native’s mellifluous vocal carries across sturdy guitar backing. Dennis is as self-effacing as he is talented and his ready smile puts the audience at ease while they wallow in his superb songs.
Dennis has grown into one of Canada’s most potent songwriters, with beautifully poetic lyrics and a veteran’s sense of melody, tune and arrangement. His influences include Harry Nilsson, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Neil Young and Alex Chilton – but his sound is entirely his own.
“Heartfelt and heart-achingly beautiful, a timeless album” – Americana UK
“Ellsworth sings lush and languorous country blues” – Time Out
“His vocals are as good as anyone’s and better than most, the songs are beautifully written vignettes of observations of life and love and the instrumentation and playing are pretty exceptional” – American Roots UK
Tony James Shevlin has been a professional musician for most of his adult life, and has performed around the world, from Europe to Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East, Australia… in fact it would be quicker for him to tell you where he hasn’t been. In between songs he’ll tell you of times spent in a cell with Shane McGowan singing in his ear or some of his many other tales from a life spent in music.
At the start of this year Tony recorded a new Celtic-infused americana album Songs From the Last Chance Saloon which was released on Oh Mercy Records, a label based in the East of England. He then road-tested the songs with a succession of solo shows in and around Nashville, Tennessee. The summer months were spent playing a variety of UK festivals accompanied by his backing band The Chancers. A full US tour is being planned for 2015.
Charming Essex group A Light Left On will bring jolly, jangly acoustic pop to the evening, all the way from Clacton.