Folk singer-songwriter, Ella Squirrell, grew up surrounded by creativity in the beautiful town of Bridport in Dorset. She has recently spent six months living and working in London, and has returned to Dorset with a wealth of experience.
Squirrell picked up her first instrument aged 10. She copied folk songs on an Irish penny whistle, before moving on to the guitar when she was 11. Her dad is a professional musician, playing mandolin in a trio folk band. Her mom, a poet, taught Squirrell to be brave with words, combining senses and placing the listener in the atmosphere and experience of the writer.
Song-writing is a cathartic process for Squirrell. She sees it as the best outlet for strong emotions, whether she is feeling down or feeling really happy. Allowing herself to be honest in her song-writing is the key to her creativity. Squirrell hopes to add the piano to her instrumental repertoire, which already includes the guitar and the drums. For now, she continues to write songs by playing her guitar, humming the melody, and singing along. Have a listen below to “Quiet Fire” from Squirrell’s Loop EP released via Gospel Oak Records on May 18.
This Fourth of July weekend, Squirrell will be playing the Big Mix Music Festival in Lyme Regis, Dorset.
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“Quiet Fire” by Ella Squirrell