Ella Edmondson

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Ella Edmondson
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Background information
Birth name Eleanor Rose Edmondson
Born (1986-01-22) 22 January 1986 (age 29)
Hammersmith, London, UK
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2007—present
Labels Monsoon Records
Associated acts The Bad Shepherds

Eleanor Rose "Ella" Edmondson (born 22 January 1986; Hammersmith, London, England)[1] is an English singer-songwriter. Her primary instrument is the guitar though she can also play piano.[2]


Edmondson is the eldest of three daughters of actors Adrian Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders. She has two younger sisters, Beatrice and Freya.[3] The majority of Edmondson's childhood was spent in Richmond before her family relocated to Devon.[4] She attended Exeter School[5] where she wrote songs as part of her music GCSE.[6] Edmondson became a fan of death metal because it was the only music that her father didn't like.[4] She went through a goth phase as a teenager and became a satanist. She worked as snowboarding instructor in Canada, a barmaid and a painter and decorator before deciding to focus on music full-time.[3][4] Ella married her longtime boyfriend Dan at the end of September 2010 and they had their first child, Fred, on 27 August 2012. She became a mother for the second time in 2014 when she gave birth to another son, Albert Rafferty.

Ella began writing songs at the age of ten, and first recorded at 12 with Glyn Johns. At 14, she received her first guitar as a Christmas present from her father[7] and taught herself to play by copying him.[4] Her first gig was at 16 supporting Thousand Natural Shocks in Exeter.[8] She made an appearance in an episode of her mother's sitcom Jam and Jerusalem in 2006 performing "Breathe".[9] In 2007, she released her first EP, Blame Amy[10] and appeared on the compilation Folk Rising.[11] Her debut album, Hold Your Horses, was released on 16 February 2009.[9]


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