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Spreading like Wildfire: The Rise of Elles Bailey

Written by John Deaux
Smoky-voiced singer-songwriter Elles Bailey will be opening for legendary blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales for six of his forthcoming UK & Ireland tour dates in October and early November.
 
Dubbed “The Blues Princess” by Blues in Britain, Elles’career is going from strength to strength. Her music crosses genres, drawing on and blending blues, country and soul, with each song given flavour and texture by the singer’s unique, unforgettable voice.
 
Her single ‘Wildfire’ (from her forthcoming album of the same name) finally came off the Planet Rock playlist after a whopping 10 weeks. Now Elles Bailey is back there again, with her most recent single ‘Same Flame’. She has also remained on the Country Rocks Spotify playlist for over a month and cracked the magic 150k marker. ‘Wildfire’ recently landed Radio 1 playlist in Holland and has been voted the number 1 album in the IBBA blues radio charts. What’s more, Bailey’s most recent single ‘Same Flame’ and its accompanying video went on in June to make Song of the Day at Songwriting Magazine, and the track is currently on Paul Sexton’s inflight show Music Junction, on all Emirates Airlines flights worldwide.
 
Reviewers have been wowed by Elles and her debut album, ‘Wildfire’, due to be released on 1st September 2017.Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) and went on to predict a glowing career for this talented artiste: “If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights Swift did in country- and perhaps move even further up the country mountain than Swift did.”
 
Country Music Magazine hailed Bailey as “Definitely a talent to watch” awarding her album 4*.
 
“It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage,” Blues In Britain reminds us, but “Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now (with the release of her album Wildfire) the product.”
 
Carlos Santana listed Eric Gales as one of his favourite guitar players, whilst on Twitter Joe Bonamassa called him “One of the best if not the best guitarists in the world today”. High praise. Elles agrees: “Eric is a genius, and I’m honoured to be asked to support him on his UK tour. The opportunity to watch a contemporary legend from a position at the side of the stage is a privilege I won’t be taking for granted.”
 
Elles Bailey will be touring with Eric Gales and opening at the following dates: Dublin (24th October), Limerick (25th), Cork (26th), Bournemouth (29th), Sutton (31st) and Bilston (2nd Nov).
She will also be taking part in the 4th UK Blues Challenge at the Cavern Club in Liverpool on Sunday 10th September.

TOUR DATES
AUG 18TH – WORCESTER OLD BUSH BLUES
AUG 26TH  – LEEDS THE GROVE
AUG 27TH  – COLNE GREAT BRITISH R&B FEST
AUG 29TH – SHOREHAM ON SEA ROPETACKLE ARTS (WITH LUCKY PETERSON)
SEPT 10 – LIVERPOOL CAVERN CLUB
OCT 3RD – LONDON 100 CLUB (ALBUM LAUNCH)
OCT  5TH– SOUTHSEA BULLFROG BLUES CLUB    
OCT 6TH – NEWBURY ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
OCT 7TH – BRISTOL CHRISTCHURCH CLIFTON
OCT 20TH – EDINBURGH BLUES CLUB
OCT 21ST – STOCKTON ON TEES BLUES AT THE BAY
OCT 22ND – LEICESTER THE MUSICIAN
OCT 24TH – DUBLIN WHELAN’S
OCT 25TH – LIMERICK DOLAN’S WAREHOUSE
OCT 26TH – CORK CYRPUS AVE
OCT 27TH – CHELMSFORD THE BASSMENT
OCT 28TH – COLCHESTER LITTLE RABBIT BARN
OCT 29TH – POOLE MR KYPS
OCT 31ST – SUTTON BOOM BOOM CLUB
NOV 2ND – BILSTON ROBIN 2
NOV 3RD – BORDON THE PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE
NOV 12TH – ILFRACOMBE BLUES RHYTHM & ROCK FEST
NOV 18TH – COOLHAM LIVE MUSIC CLUB
DEC 7TH – CHELTENHAM FROG & FIDDLE
DEC 8TH – TORRINGTON PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE
DEC 9TH – CASTLE CARY – CARYFORD HALL
 
RECENT ALBUM CRITICAL ACCLAIM

“If Bailey can follow this album up with something equally as good as ‘Wildfire’, there’s no reason why she can’t hit the heights Swift did in country- and perhaps move even further up the country mountain than Swift did”
5/5* Maverick Magazine
 
“It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage; Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now (with the release of album Wildfire) the product”
Blues in Britain
 
This is music that crosses genres because it is excellent.”… Elles Bailey Scorching Debut Album Wildfire is hot with husky vocals blending roots sounds from Blues, country & soul set to be Voice of The Blues.”
Bluesdoodles
 
“Definitely a talent to watch”
Country Music Magazine
 
“A childhood illness gave her a remarkable tool and she uses it to its very best effect. One of the best things I’ve heard”
Music News
“A Young woman blessed with an incredible voice”
Powerplay Magazine
 
“A hugely impressive debut album”
Dancingaboutarchitecture
 
So, to sum up, not just a very impressive debut album from Elles Bailey, a very impressive album full stop.
FATEA
 

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John Deaux

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