Ella Edmondson

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Ella Edmondson
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Background information
Birth name Eleanor Rose Edmondson
Born 22 January 1986
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 1986 Hammersmith, London, England) is an English singer-songwriter. Her primary instrument is the guitar though she can also play the piano.[1]


Edmondson is the eldest of three daughters of comedians Adrian Edmondson and Jennifer Saunders. She has two younger sisters, Beatrice and Freya.[2][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 a snowboarding instructor in Canada, a barmaid and a painter and decorator before deciding to focus on music full-time[2][4] after being encouraged by her father. She "got the bug" after supporting Jools Holland at the Plymouth Pavilions.[7]

She received her first guitar as a Christmas present from her father 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] (and says the character Tash in the series is loosely based on her).[3] 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] on her father's Monsoon record label.[7]

In 2010 she toured as the supporting act to her father's punk inspired folk act "the bad shepherds".


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