“When the big fella opens up his chest and lets’ fly with that lusty, rumbling voice, even then it's as if he's pulling back on the reins in fear of what might happen to innocent bystanders - it's that potent. Jeff Glorfeld The Melbourne Age
“Rory Ellis is an Australian Alt Country/Blues artist with heaps of stories to tell and impossible to pigeonhole. He’s one of that group of musicians that just are. He is neither blues/folk nor country, instead, an amalgam of the best of all three, fused together by one special ingredient, Rory Ellis.
He is one of those singer/songwriters, like Leonard Cohen, who makes the hairs on your arms stand up by simply opening his mouth and uttering a few throaty words.
Since the start of his solo career in 2000 Rory has 5 albums, Ride (Belmore Records 2000), Road of the braver man (Belmore Records 2003), The Rushes (Soundvault Records 2005), Two Feathers (Reign Records AU, Villainous Records UK 2008) and Perfectly Damaged (Independent 2011). All five albums have been hugely acclaimed in major press and music magazines here in Australia and also overseas.
Rory has been a regular at many Australian Festivals and more than once over the years including, Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Tamworth CMF, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Blue Mountains Blues and Roots Festival, Maldon Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Bridgetown Blues festival, Thredbo Blues Festival, St Kilda Festival and Mossvale Festival among many others and in 2009 became and endorsee of Fender Australia.
Spending much time in the UK Rory has also performed at major arts centres, venues and festivals there. Some include, Shetland Folk Festival, Middlewich Folk Festival, Glastonwick Festival, North Devon Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Strawberry Fayre, Two Rivers Festival, Southsea Festival, Eastleigh Festival, Morwellham Quay Festival, Chagstock, Farmer Phils Festival, Stokes Bay Festival. Linton Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Holmfirth Folk Festival, Great British R and B festival. Blues on the farm festival, Broadstairs Folk Festival, Fylde Folk Festival among many others
Rory has just finished another great year OS in 2011,his eighth UK/European tour since 2004.
He performed a 5 week run of shows all over Germany, the Castel St Pietro Blues Festival In Italy to rave reviews, and a series of club shows in the UK including the Dorchester Summer series that have formed another successful 3 month OS tour. Whilst on tour in the UK over the years he has performed alongside, amongst others, Richie Havens, Eric Bibb, Chumbawamba, Robert Cray Band, Canned Heat and has performed live to air on BBC Jersey, Cornwall, Devon, Cumbria, Leicester and Blackburn, House of Mercy Radio and received solid airplay on all five albums as well.
Live on stage Rory comes packed with acoustic guitar, a banjo, a voice a large as this country.
By his side is master slideman and guitarist Tim Hackett. This duo is bound to set any stage it walks on alight and can guarantee you will leave knowing you have just made a very important visit.
It’s Ellis and his voice that drives it though: a compelling instrument, it demands attention, effortless in its power and the combination of that and his old school storytelling, honed in the hard miles in puts in on the road make this a fine record. Jeremy Searle Americana UK Aug 2010
“Well what a simply brilliant surprise. Somebody I’ve never seen or heard or even heard of for that matter turns up a gob smacking trumps” Perfectly Damaged Blues Matters Oct 2010 UK ..Geoff “The Silver Fox” Marston
With Rory Ellis the discussion starts and ends with The Voice. That’s how it sounds like it should be written- with the first letters capitalised. Its and imposing instrument big and commanding, it’s like if Rory said jump you would reply “How High” Perfectly Damaged The Age...By Jeff Glorfeld March 2011