Ellie Wilson is an East London born and based composer/violinist, and member of ‘Britain’s most exciting new folk band’ (Uncut Magazine) and 4-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees, Stick In The Wheel. In 2019 she begins a year-long artist residency at Epping Forest, during which she will create a set of new compositions inspired by human impact on the forest through the centuries, and assist with music events and education projects at local schools.
Ellie’s music explores the psychogeographical connection between people and place, along with lost and fragmented memories. Her debut single, Delta, was inspired by a first-hand account of someone recovering from a coma. Ellie explains “As the brain fired up, memories were replayed as if they were happening for the first time and then filed away in the correct place. At first, they came back slowly, but then the floodgates opened! It reminded me of a TV documentary I’d seen where a dried-up river bed was filled with water after a monsoon.”
She is also working on a solo album, with many of the works developed at a residency hosted by the Britten-Pears Foundation in the former home of composer Imogen Holst in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Her compositions draw on contemporary classical, folk, post-rock, and electronica, with almost every sound created using just the violin.
Ellie has toured the UK and Europe as a member of Stick In The Wheel, as well as indie rock act Revere, performed at major UK festivals including Latitude, Glastonbury, Womad and Green Man; venues including Usher Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Houses of Parliament; and in live sessions for John Kennedy (Radio X), Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music), Dermot O’Leary and Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2).
Reviews (solo compositions):
‘In a very short time she creates a wonderful arch and line of sound. Saving a little surprise towards the end - a beautifully poised and composed work combining electronics, violin and bass’ Errollyn Wallen, BBC Radio 3
‘A really haunting piece ... there’s a real sense of place’ Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
'Exquisite beauty offered by Ellie Wilson’s controlled violin' Mojo Magazine
'Ellie Wilson shines throughout this [Stick In The Wheel] album' Folk Radio UK