We are delighted to welcome the award – winning Elles Bailey to perform at the festivals main outdoor stage as part of our special double bill closing evening on Monday 27 May at Blackmore Gardens with Mica Millar.
Elles Bailey is a blues and Americana artiste who rises like a rocket in the music sky by day, both on the European and the American side of the Atlantic. Elles Bailey wanders unchallenged and freely between the various styles of roots music and receives awards both as best Blues artiste and as best Americana artiste.
She has received formidable recognition on home soil recently, both from the blues and Americana community. She has accomplished the feat of winning both the UK Blues Awards and the UK Americana Awards. When you listen to her music it makes perfect sense. In that sense, she is like a young British version of Mavis Staples.
The starting point for Elles Bailey’s music lies somewhere between Memphis and Nashville, with songs that draw feeling from swampy blues and soul while conveying it with a messy country attitude.
Elles Bailey is a human dynamo with a powerful voice that wanders the worlds of Americana and blues and accomplishes the feat of garnering recognition and accolades in both.
The year 2020 started with a bang for the widely touring singer as “Little Piece of Heaven”, written with famed Memphis and Nashville giants Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), picked up “UK Song of the Year” on UK Americana Awards. ‘Little Piece of Heaven’ is taken from her chart-topping album ‘Road I Call Home’ which was released to rave reviews and awarded ‘Album of the Year’ at the UK Blues Awards.
The album rocketed onto both the Official UK Country Charts and the UK Americana Charts and reached No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller list.
In addition, she was named “Artist of the Year” two years in a row at the UK Blues Awards 2020 and in 2021.
Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2
“Elles Bailey is at the top of her game”