Carwyn Ellis of Colorama - Photo: Kristen McTernan

Carwyn Ellis aka: Colorama. Man of the eclectic hybrid. (photo: Kristen McTernan)

Colorama In Session – 2011 – Past Daily Soundbooth

Carwyn Ellis of Colorama - Photo: Kristen McTernan
Carwyn Ellis aka: Colorama. Man of the eclectic hybrid. (photo: Kristen McTernan)

Colorama in session – January 5, 2011 – BBC 6 Music – BBC

A session from Colorama tonight, recorded for BBC 6 Music on January 5, 2011.

Colorama is actually singer/song-writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Carwyn Ellis who goes by the collective name Colorama and who has an almost constantly evolving group of performing musicians.

Colorama emerged as a Carwyn Ellis home-recording project when he moved from London to Liverpool in 2006, the first shows being as a duo with Ellis’s best friend David Fletcher, on double bass. After a stint in Japan touring with Japanese group Quruli, Ellis released his debut album as Colorama, Cookie Zoo on Quruli’s own label, Noise McCartney Records / Victor Entertainment, and a debut single, Sound via Redbricks Recordings in the UK, both in 2008.

As a touring act, Colorama was augmented with the addition of Luca Guernieri on drums and Matthew Evans on guitar. Through various lineups Colorama have since played Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival, Green Man Festival, Port Eliot Festival, Truck Festival, The Sŵn Festival, The Apple Cart Festival, National Eisteddfodau, Cloudspotting Festival, Home Game, Festival N°6 and more.

In September 2017, Some Things Just Take Time was released, showing Ellis taking a more acoustic, folk-influenced direction. The album was produced by Edwyn Collins & Liam Watson. Other collaborators included Ellis’s close friends Cody and Luther Dickinson (Black Crowes and North Mississippi Allstars), Rob and James Walbourne (The Rails, The Pretenders, The Pogues), Jason Wilson (The James Hunter Six) and B. J. Cole. Recorded as live to capture the energy and excitement of Colorama’s performances, the album was put straight to tape in London at Edwyn’s West Heath Yard Studios and at Liam Watson’s Toe Rag Studios.

2018 saw the tenth anniversary re-issue of Colorama’s debut album, Cookie Zoo, made available for the first time outside of Japan via a new Madrid-based record label, Banana & Louie Records.

Following Some Things Just Take Time, Ellis worked extensively both with The Pretenders and with Edwyn Collins. Whilst on tour in South America, Chrissie Hynde suggested that he make an album in Welsh with Brazilian musicians – this he did in Rio de Janeiro late in 2018, releasing Joia! as the first solo project under his own name, Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 in 2019.

During this period, Ellis also recorded intermittently with American producer and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee at his studio in London, which ultimately resulted in the eighth studio album as Colorama, Chaos Wonderland. This was released 31 July 2020, and featured a guest appearance from Icelandic-Sri Lankan artist Lay Low on vocal.

The most recent album Chaos Wonderland was nominated for the Welsh Music Prize.

A short session, but a nice one with more than ample excuse to play over and over.

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