Folklore presents… Russell Joslin + Nick Ellis

“…living proof of how fresh, vigorous and abrasive an acoustic songwriter can and should be in the 21st Century” –
Tom Robinson – BBC 6music

Now and again an unsigned talent comes along that is doing something so different and so exhilarating that it has to be talked about. Since the launch of his album in June last year, certain circles have been waking up to the musical face-slap that is Russell Joslin. For Joslin possesses a secret weapon that both keeps you on your toes and clearly distinguishes him from the rest. Underneath gentle, intimate tones lurks a reedy, raw iron-bar of a voice that he unleashes to inject a vitriolic richness to his songs – adding a caustic addendum to an ironic love-song, or exposing a sinister twist in a rambling tale.


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.”

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…”

Whispering Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“His guitar style stands out as much as the songwriting”
Dave Monks, BBC Introducing / Radio Merseyside

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

“Ellis is a brilliant songwriter, with total disregard for the genre boundaries that can so often restrict acoustic artists. Ellis brings forth song after song of cohesively chill-provoking material that spans from blues, folk and country yet continuously remains in Nick Ellis’ unique style.”
Zach Jones, Getintothis

“Nick Ellis carries the song above and beyond the traditional, propelling it into the realms of a psyche soundscape”
Bido Lito

“One of Liverpool’s finest”
Peter Guy, Get Into This

“Hauntingly captivating, Nick Ellis has the gift many could only dream of”
Lauren Jones, The Music Manual

“Sounding like the sun looks from the top of a hazy Hope Street on a summer afternoon”
Alan O’Hare, Liverpool Etc

“Whatever accolades Ellis receives in the future; they will be thoroughly and richly deserved”
Graham Holland, Liverpool Acoustic