The Melbourne native, now residing in Drysdale has spent many years touring locally and internationally with his alt country/blues based music. He takes inspiration from his homeland and the varied histories of its people, and from his own eventful life. Audiences at Rory's numerous festival appearances and intimate performances have been captivated by his powerful vocal command and subtle acoustic instrumentation that bring the vivid stories to life.
Rory has performed at all of the major folk and roots festivals in Australia and the UK and while on tour in the UK Rory has supported, amongst others, Eric Bibb, Chumbawamba, The Beautiful Girls, Rory McLeod and Gordon Haskell and has performed live on air live at BBC Jersey, Cornwall, Devon, Cumbria, Leicester and Blackburn.
Rory's debut CD Ride was launched in March 2001 to a four star review in The Age EG section by Lyall Johnson who challenged the readers, "If you're not deeply moved by this superb debut by Melbourne singer-songwriter Rory Ellis, it's doubtful you're human".
His second album, Road Of The Braver Man (released in 2003) was enthusiasticsally reviewed by Jackey Coyle of Rhythms "The first few verses I heard, I was done for – instant fan. He recorded this, his second solo album, over three days live in the studio with no less than Dave Steel (guitars, accordion, percussion, mandolin and it's celtic cousin the cittern)".
His third record, The Rushes, like his debut CD, also earned him four stars in The Age EG from Jeff Glorfeld who's opening paragraph reads, "When the big fella opens up his chest and lets fly with that lusty, rumbling voice, even then it's as if he's pulling back on the reins in fear of what might happen to innocent bystanders – it's that potent".
Reign Records are pleased to present Rory Ellis's fourth studio album Two Feathers.
Rory Ellis is "one of those quintessential Australian singer-songwriters with buckets of talent, heaps of stories to tell, and impossible to pigeonhole" - Jeff Glorfeld, The Age (Melbourne)