Derek Ellard

Alternative
Galway, County Galway
2453

Derek Ellard, is a singer/songwriter, production enthusiast & multi-instrumentalist based out of Galway city. 'Eyes down' is a home recording done during my time at BIMM, Dublin

For people who like artists such as Villagers, Frank Turner, Ben Howard and TTNG. Describing himself as an alternative folk artist, Derek cut his teeth on the Irish circuit, playing 100+ gigs in his first year alone. Deciding to leave the one man, loop pedal & acoustic guitar set up behind, he is now accompanied by a full band called 'The Future Business Model' which includes former guitarist of Race The Flux - Joe Padfield and former bassist of Ka tet - Kyle Dee, along side drummer - Dylan Murphy.

Derek has gone from strength to strength since releasing his self produced, debut EP 'Candour' in 2015. He has began to lean towards a more math lilt in his sound, incorporating a denser musical aesthetic whilst not forgetting a strong homophony aspect, re-iterating the fact that he is anything but stagnant in his creativity.

Even though he has not been touring in past few years due to the completion of his degree in songwriting at BIMM, Dublin, Derek has been lucky enough to support the likes of Gavin James, Admiral Fallow, Wallis Bird, La galaxie and The Unthanks.

This year, Derek decided to remove his previous musical releases from all platforms. A decision not taken lightly, feeling he had developed beyond their sound. However, three more releases have been planned for release in the very near future.

"self-depreciative and funny banter ensures that spirits do not wane as he works through tunes that, while having a definite folk basis similar to that of Frank Turner and The Frames, also feature plenty of variety with nods to the math rock happiness of Enemies or TTNG. The trio incorporate plenty of tasteful, raspy vocal harmonies reminiscent of Dry the River or Bear’s Den but with an evidently newfound fascination with all things digital the sound remains fitting to the sparkling, electronic theme of the evening" The Thin Air

"Comprising four tracks, the tunes flirt with folk, edm, prog and alt country, creating a sound that is very much his own. "Indiana" is the star of the show thanks to some inventive beats and arresting vocals."
Hotpress

"A great voice, a loop station and an undeniable way with an acoustic guitar, his fingerpicking style gels beautifully with his husky rasp as he uses a rather unusual technique to create memorable songs"
Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times

"Derek's performances on the E.P. are marvellous. His vocal work is passionate and emotional.
I really can't fault this EP. It's haunting at times, cheeky at times, and at more times deliberately disturbing and challenging. Well played sir. 9/12"
2UIBestow Bobby Noonan

"A treat indeed, starkly beautiful"
G.T.I. Gazette
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With the release of his debut EP “Candour” Derek Ellard has crammed the past few years’ worth of experiences, technical knowledge and hard work into 4 succinct tracks.

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