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The Ellis Collective is an Australian indie folk band from Canberra.

The Ellis Collective
OriginCanberra, Australia
GenresIndie folk
Years active2007–present



As a part of the Canberra music scene the band first began performing under the name of The Ellis Collective in late 2007,[1] and quickly gained local popularity.[2][3][4] In 2008 they appeared at the National Folk Festival where they were well received.[5] They have performed at festivals across Australia including the Woodford Folk Festival.[6]


Current band members include:

  • Matty Ellis (Guitar / Vocals)
  • Sam King (Guitar / Vocals)
  • Spike Thompson (Cello)
  • Dan Kempers (Drums)
  • Emma Kelly (Violin / Vocals)
  • Simon Milman (Bass)


The Ellis Collective have announced the release of their debut album under the Longhaul Records Label due in late 2010.[7] The band’s unofficial sale of hand-made "Orange EPs' post-show have received strong reviews.[8]

The Ellis Collective released their debut album in July 2011 shortly after winning Triple J's Unearthed Competition. They are currently recording their second album at Studio 301 in Sydney with producer Andrew Edgeson.


  1. ^ Quinn, Bill (3 June 2007)."The Matty Ellis Collective at The Polish White Eagle, 3 June". Monaro Musings. Retrieved on 24 April 2009
  2. ^ Tap (19 April 2008).“Canberra’s Best and Worst Bands”. The Riot Act. Retrieved on 24 April 2009.
  3. ^ Galan, Andrew (4 April 2008)"Review: MojoJuju & The Ellis Collective". Retrieved on 24 April 2009
  4. ^ Galan, Andrew (22 November 2008)"The Ellis Collective, The Understudy & A Disappointing Fireworks Display @ The Phoenix. Retrieved on 24 April 2009
  5. ^ Milthorpe, Naomi (1 May 2008)."The National Folk Festival @ EPIC 20 - 24 March". BMA Magazine. Retrieved on 24 April 2009
  6. ^ “Woodford Folk Festival Program”. Woodford Folk Festival. Retrieved on 24 April 2009.
  7. ^ The Ellis Collective Official Website
  8. ^ Riot Records (17 January 2008). “Album Review – The Ellis Collective “Orange EP””. The Riot Act. Retrieved on 24 April 2009