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For those new to Julie, here is a little background:
"Julie is a terrific guitar player and she also writes great songs.
She shared the stage with me at the South Shields guitar festival and
the discerning audience loved her. She stormed it!" - Ralph McTell
Julie has been building a reputation as a talented guitarist and singer/songwriter thanks to an extensive tour schedule in the UK, the release of an acclaimed debut solo CD "At Last", regular live broadcasts for BBC radio and international radio airplay in the USA, Canada and Australia.
Described by Arundel Festival as "One of Britain's most talented and versatile guitarists", her predominantly claw hammer-based guitar style draws from a wide range of influences from ragtime, country blues, jazz, classical, folk and rock.
Julie started playing guitar at the age of 9 and gave her first public solo performance at the age of 11. Since then she has worked in a number of folk, jazz, rock, country and indie bands as well as small theatre companies.
As a solo artist her blend of original songs and guitar instrumentals, including innovative arrangements of guitar classics such as a ragtime version of the traditional Spanish classical piece "Romance", have earned her a reputation as an imaginative and exciting acoustic guitarist.
She has been booked at music festivals across the UK, including Cromer's Folk on the Pier Festival, Holmfirth Folk Festival, the Arundel Fringe Festival, Tenterden Folk Festival, South Shields International Guitar Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Reedham Ferry Folk Festival and Gainsborough Folk Festival.
Julie is keen to take acoustic music to the widest possible audience, taking advantage of the upswing in interest in acoustic music which sees her as welcome at "indie" music festivals such as "BOMFest" as she is at folk clubs. Her list of support performances reinforces this breadth of appeal, having supported Ralph McTell, Steve Tilston, the late Isaac Guillory, New York-based Woody Mann (her personal guitar hero) and John Otway.
Julie also regularly hosts guitar workshops and master classes either as a programmed event at festivals or as a precursor to performances.
Her website includes samples from every track on "At Last". This 12-track CD marries 3 tracks recorded at Acoustyistics with 9 tracks recorded at Badge Studios by Keith Angel, an engineer and musician well known for this work with the Angel Brothers, Bill Jones, John Tams and Kate Rusby.
The website, which also includes up to date tour dates and the facility to sign up to her email newsletter, can be found at http://www.JulieEllison.co.uk.