What I’m up to musically.

Greetings folks, here is an update on everything that is going on with me musically. It has been rather quiet externally but very busy internally and things are about to arise so I thought it fruitful to inform thee!

First of all, earlier this week, I shot a video of three brand new tracks being performed Live with The Kinky Wizzards. The band originally comprised of Mathew ‘MIffy’ Griffiths and Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Griffiths. Occasionally, you come across siblings with this innate blood relation to do extraordinary things together. The Staves comes to mind with their stupendous harmonies but when it comes to groove, these guys take it to another level, and despite knowing what they’ve done and being friends with them for years, they never fail to make my jaw drop (and my sides split with laughter for that matter). It is a real honour to be the guitarist in the instrumental trio and I look forward to you seeing the results.

Ryan Elliott Kinky Wizzardsjiffy drums kinky wizzards

Kinky Wizzards Ryan Elliottmiffy jiffy kinky wizzards

Secondly, after spending 6 months in solitude writing, I have finally finished the pre-production and arrangement of Eden Shadow album number 2. It is without a shadow of doubt one of the most ambitious things I have yet to undertake so I am not sure as to when it will be released quite yet, but as ever, I will keeping you updated with the production process.

Finally, I finished a series of jazz pieces for Lark Recordings and they are starting to appear on various playlists across the streaming world. It was a fun challenge and I’m proud to have a list of repertoire with Lark, which sits along a plethora of other artists. Be sure to visit their website http://larkrecordings.com/

Lark Recordings Ryan Elliott

Here is the list of the tracks that I recorded.

Alice in Wonderland

Afternoon in Paris

Afro Blue

Blue Bossa

Beautiful Love

Days of Wine and Roses

Killer Joe

Mambo Inn

Mr. P. C.

Nardis

Nothing Personal

Yardbird Suite

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Why you SHOULD vote – UK General Elections 2015

I find it very concerning that we humans live in a world where we are driven to pro-create and populate the Earth in its billions yet so many of us, especially in the more privileged parts of the world pay no attention to our politics.

Now I will be the first to say that politics isn’t a sexy thing, no ‘sexiest politicians’ poll is going to be convincing of that any time soon. Neither is a secretary of foreign affairs going to be modelling for Calvin Klein any time soon: alongside that remains the fact that modern day politics has become so convoluted to the point where the word ‘bureaucracy’ has become a bureaucracy in itself, corruption has run rife and most people have every reason to feel complete disillusion and indifference to the people in power who seem to spend their time, pointing fingers at each other and making obnoxious mouth noises, whilst taking actions that in effect, make any meaning of the word ‘promise’ obsolete.

It’s easy to feel apathy for the entire circus affair, but the fact of the matter is, that it is politics that determine the way we live our lives. I’ve heard plenty of times, people say that voting doesn’t make a difference. If by difference you mean tuition fees rising by thousands of pounds, NHS services closing down, public transport fares continuously rising, the profession of teaching being completely undervalued, mass corporations avoiding millions of pounds worth of tax, bedroom tax, non-doom tax, almost a pasty tax, VAT in general being raised, MP salaries being unnecessarily increased, then I sincerely suggest you revise what you mean by saying that voting doesn’t make a difference as all the aforementioned was the result of a government VOTED into parliament back in 2010. It was a difference, and it was a BAD one (albeit a perhaps necessary one to get people caring again, one could argue).

Votes in 2010 general election: - 10.7m Tories - 8.6m Labour - 6.8m LibDems - 15.9m NON VOTERS

Votes in 2010 general election:
– 10.7m Tories
– 8.6m Labour
– 6.8m LibDems
– 15.9m NON VOTERS

I remain impartial, but dedicate an hour of your time to researching what each party stands for, what it believes in, what you believe in. Then spend five minutes of your precious social media, Netflix or Xbox time for a quick stroll to the town hall, put a tick on a ballot paper and you have in effect, had your say…it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s a right that your family before you would have potentially risked their lives for, if you don’t do it for you, at least do it for them, or better still, the family that will succeed you.