Winner of 'Best Guitarist' at the Bluesfest Busking Comp 2017 and hailed as “The next big thing!” by TV and radio personality Yumi Stynes, Ella Belfanti is a promising young solo artist notable for her percussive guitar playing, live looping, and a voice that ranges from ethereal highs to gutsy blues sounds.
Ella is currently based in Niseko, Japan but will return to Australia in April.
Described as a modern day Joni Mitchell, Ella's mesmerising live shows explore a plethora of tones and sounds from her guitar and vocals, taking the audience on a journey from ballads, to light-hearted jigs, to funky renditions of classic rock.
While Ella's debut EP sits on the more folky-ballad side of her music, Ella's sound dips into groovy atmospheric blues, largely instrumental percussive guitar pieces, and fast-paced heralds to the confusing human condition. What her songs all have in common is a strikingly genuine quality, with to-the-point lyrics that can only be described as raw.
Ella was only 17 years old when she won the Best Guitarist title at the Bluesfest Busking Comp last year, beating many seasoned and respected musicians in the competition.
Since the award Ella has appeared at the Sydney Opera House, performing at the All About Women Festival and at the Byron Bay Guitar Festival alongside greats such as Phil Emmanuel, Fiona Boyes, Jeff Lang and newcomers Tash Wolf and Josh Needs. She has also played at Illawarra Folk Festival, Peak Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival, Buskers By The Creek, Marrickville Festival, Newtown Festival, and was a headline act for Bastille Festival 2017 and 2018 at Sydney’s Circular Quay.
Her covers of John Butler’s Ocean, The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, Pearl Jam’s Alive and Amy Winehouse’s Valerie have won her standing ovations. And her original songs have landed her on festival lineups and seen her gigging across Australia from Sydney, to Brisbane, to Melbourne, The East Coast, The Gold Coast, The Sunshine Coast, The NSW Snowy Mountains, Mount Hotham, North Queensland and the Illawarra Region.
Originally from Sydney but now Gold Coast-based, Ella draws influence from a broad range of artists including John Butler Trio, The Baby Animals, Of Monsters and Men, Katie Noonan, The Cat Empire, and Ed Sheeran.
"Performing onstage at All About Women Festival was 18-yo singer songwriter Ella Belfanti who's gonna be the next big thing!" - Yumi Stynes
"...a wonderful voice that can be gutsy and rich and also exquisitely sweet." - Sophie Hamley, Jolene
"A couple of standout acts…. on the younger side Ella Belfanti, percussive acoustic guitar with an absolute killer vocal as well." - Mark Lenzo, Illawarra Folk Festival
"Going in Circles is a collection of such good, organic folk songs. Songs that aren’t just good for the artist’s age, but good full stop. Ella shows great artistic instincts... Everything is in just the right place." - Sounds of Oz
Ella's debut EP Going in Circles sits within the more ballad-like side of her music. Featuring 6 original songs with all instrumental and vocal parts performed, recorded and produced by her (on her laptop in her bedroom), the songs have a unique heartfelt sound crafted from layering of vocals and guitar, as well as bass, bongos, cajon, flute, and sounds made from found objects such as pencils, cane baskets, and some pots. Ella also designed her own album cover, having a background in visual arts and design.
“…an unpretentious, sleeves up approach to songwriting, with emphatic guitar strumming and to the point lyrics.” - Rita Bratovich, Alt Media