Ellen Hamilton & Nuvu

Ellen Hamilton & Nuvu

BandFolkAcoustic

Ellen Hamilton is a singer and songwriter of mature, sophisticated, poignant and powerful songs; stunning in their instrumental variety, virtuosity and texture, and the voice… so emotionally charged and delicate, you can’t help but stop and listen.

Biography

Living north of the tree-line in Iqaluit, Nunavut, it is no wonder that Canadian folk singer Ellen Hamilton uses imagery of the North as metaphor for the heart’s landscape. Ellen has gone deep into her muse—asking that rivers be remembered, glaciers be returned, life to go on.

Joined by musical friends in Iqaluit, Ellen and multi-instrumentalist Chris Coleman orchestrate sumptuous and mature settings for lyrics that speak of places “slipping away” and hearts wandering in the cold. Hope is here and yet always the poignancy, the beautiful sadness.

For over 15 years, Ellen was lead singer of the Canadian folk band Night Sun, winning critical praise for her songwriting and her passionate voice. Billboard magazine called her songs, “ageless music” and Sing Out raved, “Ellen’s voice is mesmerizing and infectious”. This is an artist with two feet firmly planted in snow, heart in hand, face to the wind.

Lyrics

Glori

Written By: Ellen Hamilton

WHEN THE FOREST WAS ENDLESS AND THE RIVER WAS PURE
YOU’D CALL ON THEIR POWER
BACK WHEN YOUR FAITH WAS QUIET AND SURE

YOU’D CALL FOR YOUR HEALERS
YOU’D CALL FOR YOUR YOUTH
YOU’D CALL FOR YOUR LOVERS
YOU’D CALL THOSE BRAVE ENOUGH FOR THE TRUTH

GLORI, GLORIOUS BLUE
GLORI
LITTLE BLUE TURNING THROUGH THE AGES

YOUR LANGUAGE IS BROKEN
WORDS HAVE NO MEANING AT ALL
SPIRITS HAVE SPOKEN
FIND SOMETHING IN YOU, ANSWER THE CALL

GLORI, GLORIOUS BLUE
GLORI
LITTLE BLUE TURNING THROUGH THE AGES

HOLD YOUR LOVE TIGHTLY
DANCE TO THE DRUM
WALK THE GROUND LIGHTLY
CALL AND FORGIVENESS WILL COME

CALL FOR YOUR LEADERS
CALL FOR YOUR HEROES TO STAND
CALL FOR YOUR MEMORIES
CALL FOR THE WATER, CALL FOR THE LAND

GLORI, GLORIOUS BLUE
GLORI
LITTLE BLUE TURNING THROUGH THE AGES

Discography

Distant. Early. Warning.
Artists for the Algonquin
Drive
One Moment of Grace
Calling
Home
Night Sun

Set List

Broken
One Moment of Grace
Can't Swim No More
Wandering
Somewhere Slips Away
To the North
John's World
When the Night Was Young
Arnauup
Qamutiik
One Heart Singing
Moon Stay Down
Pray
Damn This Wind
Glori