A plucky performance

peckhampeculiar:

Illustration (c) Rebecca Thomas

A harp concert is set to take place at the Asylum Chapel in Caroline Gardens.

It will be performed by three singer-songwriters who are setting out to “destroy the perception that the harp is played by angels” and offer an evening of unusual yet…

My pedal harp is out of storage finally, so I thought I’d make the most of it and post some new videos. Here’s a cover I arranged of Chris Isaak’s beautiful ‘Wicked Game’. Hope you guys like it.

(Source: youtube.com)

ontheroadtorecovery-x:

Where everything is okay.

ontheroadtorecovery-x:

Where everything is okay.

ontheroadtorecovery-x:

'Enough to Crack a White Horse' - Elly McCabe, live at Wilton's Music Hall in London 6th February 2014

Lyrics to ‘Honest’

I’ve never been honest with God,
Every day spent lulling my secret desires to sleep
Broken trust is familiar with me,
I can be so cruel in the words that I choose to speak. 

Is it a sin?
To want you more than life itself?
They let me in,
Knowing full well I doubt myself.

I’ve put you on a pedastal,
There’s no chance you could crack and fall
Don’t even want to save myself,
I know it’s you and nobody else 

I’ve traced the six letters of your name so often
In my skin, I swear it could mark
I often have to cut it out just to bleed out
The venom of my cruel love’s spark

Is it a sin?
To want you more than life itself
They let me in,
Knowing full well I doubt myself.

I’ve never been honest with God,
Everyday spent lulling this secret desire to sleep. 

Well hello there!
I realise I’ve been a little on the quiet front recently (again) so thought I’d stop by and give you guys a quick teaser of what’s to come in the new live shows. 
A couple of weeks back, I went to a lovely pub in Saltford to meet the lovely Catherine Davis, an amazing cellist and a fantastic gal. Today we met up and had our first rehearsal and had a really lovely afternoon out of it! Cat made us up some peppermint tea (super yummy and she’s also a tea fan, yay!) and we ran through some songs, some old, some new. I tell you what guys, Dancing in the Dark has been transformed into something incredible due to Cat’s amazing playing, I really can’t wait to show you all. 
That’s all for now from me as I’m off to eat some yummy strawberries and cream cupcakes the boyfriend brought back from the shops and cuddle up and watch QI! 
Some tour dates:28th September 2013 @ The Kings Arms, Salford. 19th October 2013 @ Oxjam Festival Bristol, venue tba. 26th October 2013 @ Hydra Bookshop, Old Market, Bristol
Hope to see you all at the next show and introduce you to Cat!In the mean time, check out and like her facebook page 
Take care everyone. 
E xx

Well hello there!

I realise I’ve been a little on the quiet front recently (again) so thought I’d stop by and give you guys a quick teaser of what’s to come in the new live shows. 

A couple of weeks back, I went to a lovely pub in Saltford to meet the lovely Catherine Davis, an amazing cellist and a fantastic gal. Today we met up and had our first rehearsal and had a really lovely afternoon out of it! Cat made us up some peppermint tea (super yummy and she’s also a tea fan, yay!) and we ran through some songs, some old, some new. I tell you what guys, Dancing in the Dark has been transformed into something incredible due to Cat’s amazing playing, I really can’t wait to show you all. 

That’s all for now from me as I’m off to eat some yummy strawberries and cream cupcakes the boyfriend brought back from the shops and cuddle up and watch QI!

Some tour dates:
28th September 2013 @ The Kings Arms, Salford. 
19th October 2013 @ Oxjam Festival Bristol, venue tba. 
26th October 2013 @ Hydra Bookshop, Old Market, Bristol

Hope to see you all at the next show and introduce you to Cat!
In the mean time, check out and like her facebook page 

Take care everyone. 

E xx

bottlenotesandbutterflies:

This October I’ll be doing a one off live show playing songs off a future release ‘WE ARE SLEEPING’, a series of story cycle songs based around Victorian Post Mortem photos. Support from Little Blue Wolf and The Gravity Drive will be performing a special acoustic set. Open mic till 11pm afterwards. More info tbc. www.facebook.com/hydrabooks www.facebook.com/ellymccabemusic

bottlenotesandbutterflies:

This October I’ll be doing a one off live show playing songs off a future release ‘WE ARE SLEEPING’, a series of story cycle songs based around Victorian Post Mortem photos.

Support from Little Blue Wolf and The Gravity Drive will be performing a special acoustic set.
Open mic till 11pm afterwards.

More info tbc.

www.facebook.com/hydrabooks
www.facebook.com/ellymccabemusic

Matt Fearon (Elly McCabe cover) – Enough To Crack A White Horse (101 plays)

bottlenotesandbutterflies:

‘Enough To Crack A White Horse’ by Elly McCabe, covered by Matt Fearon.

(omg people are covering my music, this is awesome)

(Source: ellymccabe)

Some more lyrics

Every songwriter has a ‘My ex is a c***’ song and this is mine.
We’re on friendly terms now so honestly it is only really relevent to the time of writing! It’s written for piano and vox. and it’s actually really happy sounding. Haha.

Did you notice me at all?
Did you notice when I fell?
In love with another’s hands?
In love with another’s plans?

And did you never wonder why I hated you?
Why did you stop me when I tried to see it through?
To be with him and no longer burden you?”

You had me for so many years, on some kind of leash under control
When all I wanted was to feel loved and free, and I could not see what they all could see,
When I woke up, you were a fucking disease. And I came last in all your judgements. When I first met him, I could I finally see,
What you had taken from me all this time…
Now I’ll reclaim what’s finally mine 

At House of Fraiser stalled
In a Bristol shopping mall
On the floor, with your goddamned plans
Broken up over your demands

And did you never wonder why I hated you?
In the NHS walk in and soaked wet through
My arms bloodied, my head against these walls
Your starbucks trip and my two years of falls.

You had me for so many years, on some kind of leash under control
When all I wanted was to fucking be free, and I could not see what they all could see,
When I woke up, you were a fucking disease. And I came last in all your judgements. When I met him then I could I finally see, what you had taken from me all this time…”



In the process of packing up and breaking down furniture, my Mum’s bedroom has been completely emptied and it was only when I walked in today to inspect all the new space I realized how great the acoustics in that room are.

So you can guess what I’ve been doing for the past four hours…

(Also, I’ve been recording Flight solidly for the past three days bar one boyfriend’s gig and aftershow party and thought I’d share a demo with you all on Soundcloud. Let me know what you think!) 

LIVE SHOWS
16th June - Bristol Festival of Nature, Harbourside, 12-1pm
24th June - Exchange, Old Market, Bristol
25th June - Mr Wolfs, Corn Street, Bristol 
19th October - Oxjam Festival, Bristol Takeover. More details TBC. 

(Source: ellymccabe)

Some recent lyrics

My London show has motivated me to shake off my writer’s block. These are some lyrics for two new songs I’m working on at the minute. Once I get the Flight, 112 and Little Grace EP’s properly recorded and mixed up I’ll carry on writing these. There still a work in progress, I wouldn’t say these will be the definitive lyrics but they’re close. Let me know which lines you like best. :)

Boats and Mirrors

VI.
Milk and ash,
Boats and mirrors
Your fingers trace
My spine shivers

VII.
Every horizon
Under one
If I’m the moon
Are you the sun?

BRIDGE I.
Did you ever catch my words repenting?

CHORUS I

In my head
We walk through walls
Your voice is cast, and mine is sure
That in my heart
Your breath is bait
Cementing plans, forgoing fate

In my hands,
We cradle dirt
Your palms are steel, and mine are burnt
From holding on 
To soil and shards
From a foundation, torn apart. 

BRIDGE II.
Did you ever catch my words repenting?
Did you ever catch my words repenting? 

VIII.
Milk and ash,
Boats and mirrors
Your fingers trace
And my spine shivers


In Cast Iron Shoes
Intro
Doused in loathing and
Held up in adoration
I am waiting to feel alive,
I am waiting to feel alive

CHORUS I.
Alive. 

VI.
Our scars trace up by our elbows
Eager legs cased up in shackles
It’s hard to run off into the sunset
In a pair of cast iron shoes

VII.
And although I tried to surpass it,
Your faith was a burning casket
Of the desire I’d always aspired too -
and now I could never choose.

BRIDGE I.
It never breaks my spirit more than to hear you
Break your own 
It never breaks my heart so bad
Than to feel you break your own
So accept defeat my lonely friend
And accept that you’re not alone -

May ‘13: a long overdue update!

Hello there boys and girls.

I’ve realized I’ve kind of left behind my words and ramblings behind on this corner of the internet for a good six months now and today I decided to do something about my negligence. So, here I am, drinking Earl Gray tea and wondering what to write about. I guess I should start at the beginning!

In January I played a show at The Louisiana 2, Bristol with a very good friend, Michael R.B Garret Music. (Yes, it’s a clicky, go check him out!) It was a fairly chilled out show in the Louisiana’s cellar, which is now the main hub for the venue’s acoustic gigs.

Afterwards we went for a couple of drinks down the harbourside and then truthfully… that was my one and only gig for a good couple of months!


(Photos copyright Laura Sutherland, 2013)

After a few weeks of writing, playing and practise and enjoying my free time I played at the Jelli Records 10th Anniversary Bristol Acoustic Music Festival at St George’s Hall. Unsurprisingly, the minute I got to the venue I was overwhelmed. Have you seen that place?! It’s huge! It was a beautiful sunshiney day with highs of 22c, lots of great acts including awesome Bristol girl band Wolfhound (clicky) (omg they’ve only just left school pretty much and they’re awesome) and the Bristol Evening Post described me and the harp as ‘sparkly’ in their review of the event!

Next up, I had my first London show this Friday just gone…
I can’t tell you how amazing it was to play in the capital of my country!

We decided to make a day of it, so me and the boyfriend got on a super early coach from Bristol to London at 5am and arrived just after 7.30am. We wandered round Westminster and the city for hours, drinking tea on the Southbank, getting lost in the British Museum, ambling up and down Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly Circus and picking fights with pigeons at Somerset House. We had a long and exciting day and neither me or Jack had very much sleep which is why I was amazed I managed to play a half hour set that night in the Ritzy, Brixton without passing out! Personally, I nailed it. It was the best show I’ve played in a long time and I absolutely loved it. I got a great reception and met some awesome people, Londoner’s are pretty cool! I’m excited to go back again. Here are some photos…


4.44am at Bristol Bus Station, having drank litres of coffee and super-hyped up!

Us on the coach, waiting to leave for the Big Smoke.

Chilling in Camden Town with some cider before the show at the famous World’s End pub.


Outside the venue in Brixton and mega excited!
 
Doing my thing… yeah, it was too cold in there to take the leather off. 

So all in all, as you can see, I’ve been up to a fair bit…
Next month I will be playing at new ‘zine LIVE ZINE'S launch party as the main support for I am Horse at Mr Wolf’s, Bristol on the 25th June, and the LIVE ZINE will be running a feature on me including a short interview, so keep your eyes peeled! You can pick up issues from Start The Bus, Rise, Bristol Ticket Shop, Folk House and The Birdcage but they’re in limited supply so do hurry. I’ll keep you posted when they’re out to grab and you can always read online!

Until then my lovely followers, friends, fans and family,

Stay safe, stay happy, and see you at the next one. 

xx

yourmaniac:

bottlenotesandbutterflies:

A couple of months back I got invited to do a performance with the Pembroke Sessions, a lovely bunch of people in Bristol who collaborate great cinematography and local music to offer a new platform for local musicians. This is me playing ‘The Other Method’, a song I wrote about one of my best friends and magical bus journeys in Bristol. :) x

http://facebook.com/ellymccabemusic

This is Elly. She’s such a fantastic musician with a beautiful voice (don’t you wish you were this talented at something omg).

Anyway, we haven’t always seen eye to eye but I think we’re okay now? 

Anyway, watch this because if anyone deserves recognition and happiness… It’s this girl. And this song is beautiful.

(via asorta-fairytale)

latest tour dates

latest tour dates

bottlenotesandbutterflies:

I wrote a composition for harp this morning. Have a listen and let me know what you think. :)