Original Artist: Traditional
Release Date: May 9th, 2015
Here's the first of what will hopefully be many installments of Live at the Gaslight.
We intend for Live at the Gaslight to be a great platform for us to showcase our favorite modern artists breathing new life into some of their favorite old songs – at least 50 years old in keeping with the spirit of Gaslight Records.
So make sure to regularly check back in here to find exclusive covers that may or may not include: Jack White reworking 'Da Do Ron Ron'; Nick Cave & Warren Ellis doing 'Dancing in the Street'; and Radiohead burning through 'No Particular Place to Go'.
(Disclaimer: we make no promises except that we will try our darndest)
We'd really appreciate y'all spreading the word about Live at the Gaslight too, and in turn supporting the top quality artists we'll be showcasing here. So get these tunes across your social platforms, tell your mum, go on, tell 'em all.
Also, if you're a band/artist/legend that would like to get a song up on this site and then bask in the mountain of free publicity that comes with it, all you have to do is record a tune and email it to [email protected]. Also send through some details about your band, and two photos similar to the one's herein – one of you playing/recording the track, and one where you're holding up a piece of paper with the track name scribbled on it. Easy.
First up we have Ernest Ellis covering the classic folk traditional 'Barbara Allen'.
Basically, no-one has any idea where old Barb came from, only that she's one of the most widely celebrated British/American traditional Ballads – easy to see why given the stirring lyric.
Ernest Ellis is a Sydney based artist who plays with a consistent line-up of four other guys. On this version of 'Barbara Allen' however, EE is on his lonesome and doing a stellar job of invoking all the heartache that lies at the core of the tune. Ellis first heard the song a few years ago when listening to Bob Dylan's Live at The Gaslight - 1962
I haven't set out to better Dylan's version because I don't think that's possible. It's just that when I was asked to record a song from pre-1965, 'Barbara Allen' was the only one I could think to do for some reason. One of the best ballads ever, and one of my favorite songs to sing and play.""One of the best ballads ever, and one of my favorite songs to sing and play."
After you're done listening to EE's cover of 'Barbara Allen' – check out some of his latest work below taken from his record The album was released in 2014 through Spunk Records. A departure from Ellis' previous two records, delivers a renewed sense of space and feel thanks largely to some drastic changes in instrumentation, production techniques and vocal delivery.
Thanks, and remember, don't touch that dial.
Other versions of this track
Ernest Ellis' latest album Cold Desire was released in 2014 through Spunk Records. A departure from Ellis' previous two records, Cold Desire delivers a renewed sense of space and feel thanks largely to some drastic changes in instrumentation, production techniques and vocal delivery.