WHERE CAN YOU HEAR ME?
Ella Englishby is a classically trained cellist, recording artist, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. With a multi-faceted career and experience in a wide range of genres, her passion for musical exploration, artistic expression, and technology are expressed through live performance and visual media.
Ella has been playing the cello for over 15 years now. She was the co-leader of the cello section of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland for the last two years and was a member from 2009-2017. As a member, she has experienced playing in some of the biggest venues around the world; the Royal Albert Hall in London, the RDS in Dublin, the SSE Arena in Belfast, the Echo Arena in Liverpool and most notably, the infamous Carnegie Hall in New York City.
As a professional cellist, Ella is well versed in working alongside singer-songwriters both in the studio and in a live setting. In the recording studio, she has worked with Manchester-based composer, David O'Dowda, Dublin singer-songwriter and contemporary composer Greg Clifford, the YouTube and Instagram singing sensation, Mia Black, Danny Meegan on his latest single 'Still Waiting', Dublin-based busker, Maiquel Ely on his debut EP 'On the Way Home' and Barry Jay Hughes on his single 'Diving In'!
In a live setting, she has worked with Danny Meegan for the launch of his EP 'The Hard and the Wild,', Greg Clifford on his upcoming new album, and Sean Conway for his album launch 'Listen Listen,' alongside Zoe Conway and John McIntyre. She has also recently joined up with Aduaidh from Clontarf and competed in her first Leinster Fleadh.
Ella regularly works with Carrickmacross native, Barry Jay Hughes, on various projects and shows. For the last two years, the pair have embarked on a nationwide Christmas tour, performing both Barry's original material and a few of the lesser known Christmas hits at venues all over the country. Ella and Barry then set their aims higher and have recently performed abroad for the first time as a duo at the Polska Eire Festival in Ruda Slaska, alongside Greg Clifford.
More recently, Ella has teamed up with the Dundalk natives, Orwells '84 as a part of their string section. Ella plays cello in the group as well as provides main backing vocals and harmonium. The group performs totally original material and have already performed in some notable venues in the North East including the Sunflower Bar in Belfast, Arcadian Field festival in Bellurgan Park, the Spirit Store and Whelans. The group have just recently released their current single, 'Cailín' which features Ella on co-lead vocals and it's gotten incredible nationwide and international airplay from as far afield as Canada and Australia! They are also putting the finishing touches to their debut EP and hope to have it released digitally and on vinyl in late Autumn.
Outside of performing, Ella enjoys arranging music. While currently just a hobby, her Musescore account, where several of her arrangements are public, has over 100,000 views and rising! She is currently working hard to complete her first full orchestral score and have it performed in the next orchestral season.
Photo by Julie McKevitt