Galway, County Galway
**I hope youre doing ok, here's some songs about it**
Derek Ellard, is a singer/songwriter and production enthusiast based out of Galway city.
'Equal to or greater than' - OUT NOW
For people who like artists such as Band of horses, Frightened rabbit, Frank Turner, grizzly bear, Ben Howard and TTNG. Describing himself as an alternative folk rock artist, last year, Derek decided to remove his previous musical releases from all platforms. A decision not taken lightly, feeling he had developed beyond their sound.
Returning to form, after completing his music degree (BIMM), he is now accompanied by a full band called 'The Future Business Model'. Still retaining a strong melodic aspect to his writing he flirts with math rock, folk and electronic elements, deliberately challenging. Emotional, often hysterical, restless but most of all, honest
Derek has been lucky enough to support the likes of Gavin James, Admiral Fallow, Wallis Bird, La galaxie and The Unthanks.
Six release are planned for this year, starting with 'Equal to or greater than' - OUT JULY 3RD
"he has begun to shake and stir the foundations of conventional acoustic singer song writing with harmonies,poly-rythms,and beautiful guitar based syncopation, presented in a digestible manner that even the least experienced listener can enjoy right up to the most knowledgeable amateur musicologists" Sea Sessions
"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."
"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"