New Release on Chanoyu Records

New Release on Chanoyu Records

Infinity Drive is an album of demos originally created for The Stranglers. Released due to demand from Stranglers fans, the 12 songs were written, played and produced by John Ellis with lead vocals by Paul Roberts. The project was funded via Kickstarter.

Handwritten lyrics

Handwritten lyrics

We have now added handwritten lyrics, signed by John Ellis, to the Chanoyu Records shop. It can be any of John’s lyrics written for The Vibrators, The Stranglers or solo projects. These were a very popular reward among our Kickstarter supporters.

The infamous Christmas Ghost story

I often get asked about a Christmas Ghost story I wrote in 2012 as an homage to the great Charles Dickens. It was done in the form of a Facebook blog and many people added comments which helped me to develop the story that ran for a couple of weeks. People often ask where they can find the full story, so I have uploaded a PDF which should do the trick.

Here it is.


Hope you enjoy the journey.

Blues and Folk Guitar Workshops

Blues and Folk Guitar Workshops

John Ellis teaches a regular monthly Beginner Blues Guitar workshop at The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch, London. They are a lot of fun. If you would like to buy a ticket as an interesting gift or just buy one because you want to learn about playing blues guitar, here is the workshop page link. These workshops are also great for employees looking for an interesting event for their staff. These workshops can be delivered on company premises.


Wabi Sabi 21© and the Gallery Music Series

Wabi Sabi 21© and the Gallery Music Series

We have now made available all the tracks from the Gallery Music Series and Wabi Sabi 21©. These represent the electronic side of the music of UK composer John Ellis.

You can stream the full length versions of all tracks and you can also buy individual tracks.




Music in the New World.

Do you love real music?

We are clearly at a major turning point when it comes to the interface of artists and the people who like their music. Without your support, musicians and songwriters like myself would find it almost impossible to carry on the creative process. Traditionally, record labels, publishers and agents etc were the ‘middlemen’ in that process.

But for most of us those days are over. And that means that artists and fans are now working much more symbiotically. Fantastic!

So here are a few ideas for those of you who want to help and support emerging artists or those of us still dedicated to exploring new musical landscapes.

Consider supporting a project. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and you receive special stuff and opportunities from the artists.

Support your local venues. It’s simple. Just turn up and have a good time. Local acts get a place to play. Bigger acts give local acts a chance to support. Suggest artists you’d like to see play there.

Why not put on a gig in your home. There’s lots of website support if you want to give it a try.

If an artist you like is selling their music from their own site, please make that your first choice for purchase. It might cost a little extra but it makes a massive difference to the artist who can put that money back into the creative process. Also leave lots of feedback. Artists like to know what you think about their work.

Artists are not superhuman. We need support. If you really like a particular artist tell the world through your social media. Ask your local venue to book them or get your local radio station to do an interview. Maybe you have a relevant skill or service you could offer to the artist. They are usually very happy to repay in kind.

So……as the great Wilbert Harrison once said “Together we stand. Divided we fall. Come on you people let’s get on the ball and work together”

Pidgeon Holes & other dilemmas.

Pidgeon Holes & other dilemmas.

So……….you learn to play guitar and you listen to lots of different types of music and you end up creating something that is , hopefully, unique music. Now, at some point you think “I’d like to do a gig or 2 or even make a record”. That’s the easy bit. And now for the dilemma.

Now you find that you have to give your work a ‘genre’ label. For you, it’s just the thing you do, but Outsideworld must know which mental folder to stuff you into. Are you rock, punk, blues, flamenco, skiffle, surf etc?

You’ve got 2 choices. Find a pidgeon hole that might vaguely have space for your type of twanging OR tack on your own little box. In fact if you are a truly creative musician you will be tacking on lots of different boxes. Now, as we know, pidgeon holes have to have a little label stuck on the front because the makers of those boxes assume the visitors to said boxes are too stupid to work out for themselves what is in the box.

So here is the current over-a-cup-of-rosie-lee conversation at Chanoyu Towers. What should we write on the label when we stuff  SLY GUITAR into our new pidgeon hole, because there sure ain’t one around with room for us!

House Concerts

House Concerts

John Ellis, the founder of Chanoyu Records, is now available for house concerts. They are a great new way of connecting musicians to their audience. You hire John to come and play, then you can invite your friends along for an interesting evening of performance, stories from life on the road, Q&A session and some teaching if you’d like to develop your guitar playing skills.

It’s up to you whether or not to charge your friends.

Contact us for more details.