THE BITTER END, 11.08.18. PHOTO BY COEN REES
An instrument like the harp doesn’t exactly inspire imagery of driving bass lines and mainstream appeal, and that’s what San Francisco Bay Area based harpist, singer/songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins, aka EllaHarp is working to change.
Armed with a fresh take on contemporary blues, the musical lineage of composer/arranger Gordon Jenkins, and a unique instrument she designed for the purpose, EllaHarp is pushing the harp out of type-cast genre constraints and doing things differently.
Her debut 2018 album ‘Who Asked You Back’ blends folk roots with blues-y riffs and a splash of mainstream pop. Stripped down solo harp and voice meets electric guitar from Sam Eigen (Smash Mouth), creepy mythology meets attitude-laden break up songs, and the harp meets a grittier set of sound possibilities.
Since the independent release of her album (‘Who Asked You Back’, released 2.3.18), EllaHarp has toured 7 states with more than 90 live performances, from Bay Area festivals and radio to Irish pubs in Honolulu to ‘The Bitter End’ in New York City to opening for Grammy winning singer Mya at ‘Music Box’ in San Diego.
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