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What's up fans and friends!!!!

I hope everyone is surviving and getting through the February changeover to Spring..

Where I am, in Ireland, it is incredibly windy and cold, so much so that I decided not to leave my house at all. Everyone wants to be blown away but not by the wind. Looking forward to the sight of blossom.

And so as the American tour beckons (finally) and I really really can't wait, there's so many people still to meet and places to see. So also comes the time where I write my second album.

Don't people get scared of writing the second album? That's what I heard. Since I wrote Lights I've grown up a lot, read a lot more and discovered a lot more music. Not to mention my voice is raw from touring. But I like the tone of it now. So I'm not afraid. More curious of what will come out!

Been reading poetry quite a bit. Just picked up Carol Ann Duffy's "Rapture" Very moving,  if you get a chance to read it. Also just finished Patti Smith's book, "Just kids". A whole world I didn't know about, a fascinating prologue to fame.
Patti references singers and bands that I have bothered to listen to, and now I'm obsessed with researching them and watching youtube videos. Its costing me a bomb on itunes to download all this new music. It's more the lifestyle and the obsession with art I've become attached to, an artists plight and an unbreakable, beautiful friendship. There are so many definitions of what an artist is and it gives me a headache. So I was relieved to read about it in such a pure simple way- Two kids dreaming of becoming artists. Anyway- it is a wonderful and heart-wrenching read and my first real insight into rock and roll.

Where I am at the moment couldn't be more perfect to read and reflect. Lonely, but perfectly solitary.


I'd be lying if I said that the last couple of years resulted in me being a calm person but here I am, writing to you, feeling rather calm. I've been alone for the past week in a tiny seaside town, protected by huge, Irish hills. Saying that, I can feel my heart beat more especially lying down; I have put this down to lack of distraction from it- its just so quiet!


I became attached to this place after the first time I came. Such a hidden gem of a place... Small shops, harbour, beautiful hills and cliffs, and traditional Irish folk music. Have attached picture of me trying out the accordian for the first time!

Someone had just abandoned it in one of the pubs.  A skull in fairy lights. Not a profound masterpiece by any means but I found it funny that that lovely girl who owned it was so blase about her obsession with finding skulls. Well I quite like skulls too, I said!

And we carried on drinking wine. We went to a pub quiz last night. I am always so enthusiastic until I get there and realise I have little general knowledge in comparison to EVERYONE else which is so frustrating, I protest, especially when I knew the million pound question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire once.

I just had Seafood Chowder- the ONE. Amazing. Fresh fish.

Ok so music- I am in love with Drake's record. Such a brilliant poet. Swoon.

Beach House, Dolly Parton, James Blake, Chase and Status, The National, Nicky Minaj, Warpaint, Arcade Fire, just downloaded the Adele album because I heard its brilliant. Apparently she said she was a fan on Radio one the other day, amazing! If anyone knows of any other new brilliant pop albums DO let me know.

Got three songs for y'all to download or youtube....

Anna Calvi- Suzanne and I

The Irrepressibles- In This Shirt

Matt Corby- Coloured Stones and Walls

All good s***.

Ok so over and out,

Hope you're all Happy!

Ellie xxxxx

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Comment by E Meyers on March 7, 2011 at 11:11am
Warpaint is amazing. Also Nicki Minaj. I just had a discussion with my flatmate that I want to go to a party with Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. S*** would get real. Anyhow, check out Blonde Redhead. They've been around for awhile but their most recent album Penny Sparkle and my personal favorite Misery is Butterfly are brilliant. Also check out Stars, The Black Keys, Dragonette, and one of my favs, Tilly and the Wall (eff percussion, they tap dance their beats!). For that bootydew music check out Spank Rock. You won't be disappointed.
P.S. Was that in Dingle or Connemara? So beautiful. I want to live their again one day (was in Co. Galway for 4 months)
Comment by jessin on February 17, 2011 at 3:27pm

Dont know if you go through these posts, but this mash-up is one of the best Ive seen, both you and the lovely Lissie & some added flavour from Janelle, njoy.




Comment by Shaylagh Sexton on February 16, 2011 at 11:57am

I love reading these haha.

Oh and I love Anna Calvi.

Comment by shane heffernan on February 14, 2011 at 10:56am
right did i read that right or just get confused ? your in ireland ? are you performing ? ive been waiting to cya perform over here again sein as i missed you in tri pod in dublin :(
Comment by miss frost on February 12, 2011 at 9:40am
The Irrepressibles- In This Shirt. Thanx so much.
Comment by Katy Deitz on February 11, 2011 at 7:13pm
Also, if you like the harp you should listen to Joanna Newsom
Comment by Katy Deitz on February 11, 2011 at 7:12pm
I'm such a huge fan of yours! I've had a rough year so far, and your music keeps me going! Don't ever stop!  That song by The Irrepressibles was mind blowing btw.
Comment by Bob on February 11, 2011 at 11:19am
Beara Peninsula by the looks of it. Thats the Healy Pass statue. I dont suppose you noticed it  waving back at you??
Comment by Danny Edmonds on February 10, 2011 at 11:53pm
wow I am so jealous of you... I have always wanted to go to Ireland, since I'm part Irish myself, I have always felt drawn to go there.  Don't really care for the touristy stuff.  More into the off beat path like the rolling greens hills and the pubs.  I'll be there one day, hopefully soon.  Break a leg in Chicago, you got alot of fans here.  You probably know ;-)
Comment by LivStan on February 10, 2011 at 12:52pm

My Cherrytree account finally has some use now ellie has a blog!! :) saw you in hammersmith in november (my friends are amazing and got me a ticket for my birthday) was absolutely blown away at how talented ellie is. AND blagged tickets to the brits launch party, waved like a loony at ellie who didnt see me :( but i hope everyones voted for ellie to get another brit! xx


And I recommend a bit of white lies :) xx


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