Elles Bailey – Exeter
The Bristol-based singer, songwriter and bandleader has powered her way to the forefront of the British blues and roots scene in recent years, and the tale of the tape just gets more impressive by the month. A relentless touring schedule throughout 2018/19 included tours with Grammy Award winning Mike Farris, Kris Barras and Martin Harley, with her own headline tours of the UK and Europe making people sit up and take serious notice.
She has also moved her way up the festival listings, becoming a featured artist at key festivals throughout the UK and Europe including Black Deer, Swing Wesplaar, Ramblin Man Fair & the Great British R&B Festival, not to mention slots at Nashville’s Americana Fest 2019. And 2021 just got better, with mainstage and headline slots at Red Rooster. Cheltenham Music/Jazz Fest, Basel Blues, Love Rocks, British Country Music Festival, Chagstock and Uckfield Blues.
In 2022 Elles continues to play prestigious events, including Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Keep the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise’ in August.
And the awards keep on coming. After picking up numerous gongs at The UK Blues Awards, UK Americana Awards and European Blues Awards in recent years, she has recently been nominated once more as the ‘Blues Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2022 UK Blues Awards.