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|Birth name||Carwyn Meurig Ellis|
|Born||9 August 1973|
Carwyn Meurig Ellis (born 9 August 1973) is a Welsh singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, music producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is also known as the frontman of British alternative band Colorama and as the electronic artist, Zarelli.
- 1 Career
- 2 Discography
- 2.1 Studio albums
- 2.1.1 Colorama
- 2.1.2 Bendith
- 2.1.3 Zarelli
- 2.1.4 Edwyn Collins & Carwyn Ellis
- 2.1.5 Edwyn Collins, Carwyn Ellis, Sebastian Lewsley
- 2.1.6 With Edwyn Collins
- 2.1.7 With Saint Etienne
- 2.1.8 With Sarah Cracknell
- 2.1.9 With Gemma Ray
- 2.1.10 With Nev Cottee
- 2.1.11 With Emma Tricca
- 2.1.12 With Quruli
- 2.1.13 With Roddy Frame
- 2.1.14 With Shane MacGowan & Friends
- 2.1.15 With Dan Sartain
- 2.1.16 With Fabienne Delsol
- 2.1.17 With The Keys
- 2.1.18 With Lay Low
- 2.1.19 With Pete Molinari
- 2.1.20 With James Hunter
- 2.1.21 With Simon Scott
- 2.1.22 With Proud Mary
- 2.1.23 With John's Children
- 2.1.24 With North Mississippi Allstars
- 2.1.25 With Southern Fly
- 2.1.26 With Unkle
- 2.2 Remixes
- 2.3 Soundtracks / scores
- 2.1 Studio albums
- 3 References
- 4 External links
After a nomadic early childhood moving from town to town, Ellis' family settled in Anglesey, eventually moving to London where he studied at the Royal Academy of Music and worked with numerous bands through a myriad of genres.
Among the artists that Ellis has collaborated or performed with are Edwyn Collins, Sarah Cracknell, The Pretenders, Oasis, Shane MacGowan, UNKLE, North Mississippi Allstars, James Hunter, Roddy Frame, Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Thee Hypnotics, Barrie Cadogan (Little Barrie), The 2 Bears, Alex Kapranos and Nicholas McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand), Romeo Stodart (The Magic Numbers), The Drums, Ian Siegal, Pete Molinari, Fabienne Delsol, Gemma Ray, Quruli and Lay Low.
After having established himself as a session musician in London, in 2008 Ellis moved to Cardiff, emerging as a frontman in his own right and calling his band Colorama. They released their Japan-only debut album Cookie Zoo on Noise McCartney in April 2008, and released their debut single Sound via Redbricks Recordings in July 2008.
In 2009, Colorama announced that their double bass player, Ellis's best friend David Fletcher, had died at the age of 37 on 29 June, from a heart attack suffered in his sleep, just days after Colorama’s appearance at Glastonbury Festival.
September 2009 saw the UK release of Colorama's album Magic Lantern Show on Redbricks Recordings, featuring songs in Welsh and English. Magic Lantern Show was enthusiastically received with extensive radio play on XFM, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales, C2 and BBC Radio Cymru.
Early in 2010, Ellis joined forces with Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie, Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, Cait O'Riordan, Johnny Depp, James and Robert Walbourne, to release a charity single covering the Screamin' Jay Hawkins hit I Put A Spell On You. All the proceeds from the single went to Concern Worldwide to provide assistance to the victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
In autumn 2010, Ellis released Colorama's third album BOX on Noise McCartney / Bad News Records (Victor Entertainment) in Japan and via See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings in UK. Shortly afterwards, they released a Christmas single, Cerdyn Nadolig (Christmas Card), which garnered them the Welsh Christmas Number 1 on the BBC Radio Cymru chart. BOX was also nominated for the inaugural Welsh Music Prize.
Amid other projects, Ellis produced and arranged Italian artist Emma Tricca's album Minor White, which was released on Finders Keepers / Bird Records in the UK, and he worked with French artist Fabienne Delsol on her album ON MY MIND (Damaged Goods), also Dan Sartain's album Dan Sartain Lives (One Little Indian Records), The Keys' album - Fire Inside (See Monkey Do Monkey Recordings) and Edwyn Collins' album Losing Sleep (Heavenly Recordings).
In October 2011, Colorama released Llyfr Lliwio (Colouring Book), which was their first predominantly Welsh-language collection. During this period Ellis was a member of Roddy Frame's touring band.
August 2012 saw their fifth album release - Good Music, produced by Edwyn Collins and Sebastian Lewsley, and released on Collins’s new AED Records label, followed by a 12-inch single, Hapus? (Happy?), on Aficionado Recordings in November 2012.
In autumn 2012, Ellis toured Asia playing keyboards, guitar and percussion with the Pretenders.
In 2013, Ellis focused on studio work, recording with Edwyn Collins, Gemma Ray, Roddy Frame and in early 2014, Japanese artists Quruli. He also produced and arranged the second album, Relic for Emma Tricca, released by Finders Keepers / Bird Records in May 2014 and co-produced the first album by Nev Cottee, Stations (Roleplay Records).
In 2014, Colorama released a new EP, Heaven's Hotel, a new album TEMARI, followed by a split single, Yn Rhydiau'r Afon / Forget Tomorrow with The Joy Formidable.
A compilation of all of Ellis's Welsh songs as Colorama was released in November 2014, entitled Dere Mewn!, on his own, new Agati label.
Ellis collaborated with Edwyn Collins and Seb Lewsley on the soundtrack to the film The Possibilities Are Endless, composing much of its original score, which opened in October 2014 to great critical success, winning the Mojo 'Film Of The Year' Award.
February 2015 saw Ellis release his first album as Zarelli, Soft Rains on the Seriés Aphōnos label  – a mostly instrumental synthesizer record, featuring the voice of Leonard Nimoy reading the Ray Bradbury short story There Will Come Soft Rains. Soft Rains received a nomination for the Welsh Music Prize 2015.
In June 2015 the LP Red Kite by Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne was released, which was co-produced, co-written and arranged by Ellis. A single, Nothing Left To Talk About (featuring Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers) reached Number 1 in the UK vinyl singles chart on its release. A collection of instrumentals from the album, Kites, was released in September 2016, also on Cherry Red Records. 
Early in 2016, Ellis began presenting an ongoing weekly radio show, X Marks The Spot on Soho Radio in London. He also presented a series called Antur Sonig on the welsh language station BBC Radio Cymru Mwy during the autumn of 2016.
A Welsh language collaborative album, Bendith made by Carwyn Ellis with the folk trio, Plu was released on Ellis's Agati label in October 2016. , followed by a five track EP which was released on the Aficionado Recordings label in February 2017.  A documentary film about the making of the album, Bendith: Yn Fyw O Acapela was broadcast on S4C in November 2016.
Ellis's collaboration with Sarah Cracknell continued into 2017 with the release of Saint Etienne's critically acclaimed Home Counties album which featured two songs co-written and co-produced by Ellis. 
He continued to work with Edwyn Collins through 2016 and early 2017 on new recordings, including a collaborative song, Fulmar due to be released in August 2017 as part of the Avocet Revisited EP, commissioned by Earth Recordings as a companion piece to Bert Jansch's 1979 album, Avocet.
|2014||Heaven's Hotel||EP||AED Records|
|2013||Do the Pump||Single||AED Records|
|2012||Good Music||Album||AED Records|
|2011||Llyfr Lliwio / Colouring Book||Album||See Monkey Do Monkey|
|2010||Cerdyn Nadolig / Christmas Card||Single||See Monkey Do Monkey|
|2010||BOX||Album||NOISE McCARTNEY / Bad News Records, See Monkey Do Monkey|
|2009||Magic Lantern Show||Album||Red Bricks Recordings|
|2009||The Music Sounds Better With Huw: Vol. 1||Compilation||Wichita Recordings|
|2008||Sound||Single||Red Bricks Recordings|
|2008||Cookie Zoo||Album||NOISE McCARTNEY / Bad News Records|
|2015||Soft Rains||Album||Seriés Aphōnos|
Edwyn Collins & Carwyn Ellis
|2017||Avocet Revisited||EP||Earth Recordings|
Edwyn Collins, Carwyn Ellis, Sebastian Lewsley
|2014||The Possibilities Are Endless||Album||AED Records|
With Edwyn Collins
|2010||Losing Sleep||Album||Heavenly Recordings|
|2010||Losing Sleep||Single||Heavenly Recordings|
|2010||Do It Again||Single||Heavenly Recordings|
|2008||Home Again||Single||Heavenly Recordings|
|2007||Home Again||Album||Heavenly Recordings|
With Saint Etienne
|2017||Home Counties||Album||Heavenly Recordings|
With Sarah Cracknell
|2016||Kites||Album||Cherry Red Records|
|2015||Red Kite||Album||Cherry Red Records|
|2015||Nothing Left To Talk About||Single||Cherry Red Records|
|2016||The Exodus Suite||Album||Bronzerat Records|
|2014||Milk for Your Motors||Album||Bronzerat Records|
|2014||Death Disc||Single||Bronzerat Records|
With Nev Cottee
|2015||Strange News from the Sun||Album||Wonderfulsound|
With Emma Tricca
|2014||Relic||Album||Finders Keepers Records / Bird records|
|2009||Minor White||Album||Finders Keepers Records / Bird records|
|2014||THE PIER||Album||Victor Entertainment|
With Roddy Frame
|2014||Seven Dials||Album||AED Records|
With Shane MacGowan & Friends
|2010||I Put A Spell On You (Haiti Charity Single)||MP3||IRL|
With Dan Sartain
|2010||Dan Sartain Lives||Album||One Little Indian Records|
With Fabienne Delsol
|2010||ON MY MIND||Album||Damaged Goods|
|2007||Between You And Me||Album||Damaged Goods|
|2006||The Best Of Fabienne Delsol & The Bristols||Album||Damaged Goods|
|2004||No Time For Sorrows||Album||Damaged Goods|
|2010||Fire Inside||Album||See Monkey Do Monkey|
|2009||Christmas EP||EP||See Monkey Do Monkey|
|2009||Le Mans||EP||See Monkey Do Monkey|
|2009||Farewell Good Night's Sleep||Album||Nettwerk|
|2008||Farewell Good Night's Sleep||Album||Cod Music|
With Pete Molinari
|2008||A Virtual Landslide||Album||Damaged Goods|
|2007||A Virtual Landslide||Single||Big Bertha Records|
With James Hunter
|2006||People Gonna Talk||Album||Rounder Records|
With Simon Scott
|2006||Rhythm Guitar, Shakers and Tambourines||Album||Diamond D Records|
With Proud Mary
|2004||Love And Light||Album||Redemption|
With John's Children
|2007||Steve Marriott Tribute [Box Set] - One More Time For The Old Tosser||Album||Wapping Wharf Records|
|2005||Steve Marriott Tribute [Box Set] - One More Time For The Old Tosser||Album||Wapping Wharf Records|
|2002||Mustn't Grumble - The Steve Marriott Memorial Concert 2001||Album||Sanctuary Records|
|2001||Shimmy She Wobble||EP||Blanco Y Negro / Rough Trade Records|
With Southern Fly
|2000||Maybe It's The Right Time||Single||London Records|
|1999||For Real||EP||London Records|
|1999||Monkey Talel||Single||London Records|
|1999||The World Is Not Enough||Single||Radioactive, MCA Records|
|2017||Waiting Around (Colorama Colorific Remix) - John Stammers||Single||Wonderfulsound|
|2013||Idle I'm (Colorama Coloured In Remix) - John Stammers||Single||Wonderfulsound|
|2013||Two Times (Colorama Remix) - La Musique Numerique||Album||Park the Van|
Soundtracks / scores
The Possibilities Are Endless
|2014||The Possibilities Are Endless||Album||AED Records|
|1999||The World Is Not Enough||Album||Radioactive Records|
- "Music - Colorama". BBC. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- "Colorama’s Dave Fletcher has died". Band Weblogs. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- "The David Fletcher Memorial Fund". davidfletchermemorialfund.co.uk.
- "Colorama at last.fm". last fm.
- "Interview – Colorama". Themmp.tv.
- "BBC Cymru - C2". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
- "Welsh Music Prize Nominees 2010-2011". welshmusicprize.com. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
- "NME Best Music Film". nme.com.
- Seriés Aphōnos Archived 9 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
- "MOJO - Watch A Cosmic Tribute To Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy". mojo4music.com.
- "Welsh Music Prize Nominees 2015". welshmusicprize.com.
- "Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40".
- "Albumism : Sarah Cracknell Announces New Limited Edition Mini-Album ‘Kites’".
- "SOHO RADIO : Carwyn Ellis - X Marks The Spot".
- "BBC Radio Cymru Mwy: Llais: Carwyn Ellis".
- "Introducing: Bendith". www.getintothis.co.uk/.
- "From the Margins: Review : Bendith".
- "Ban Ban Ton Ton: Review : Bendith".
- "From the Margins: Review : Bendith : EP".
- "BBC iPlayer: Bendith : Yn Fyw O Acapela".
- "billboard : Saint Etienne Returns with 'Home Counties'".
- "Earth Recordings : Avocet Revisited : Fulmar".