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Dec
07
2018

Yesterday on FB someone posted a link to a live video performance of my song, “How The Tiger Lost Her Roar”, adding the sweet note “For all the folkies out there. Love this song by Karyn Ellis!” (Thanks Peter!)

In the comments, he wrote:
“Karyn, my mom was a war bride and maybe that’s why I find this song so touching. Can you give me some background as to how you came to write it?”

I wrote back on FB, but now I’m thinking more people would be interested in the background of the song too! And so here’s my reply:

“Wow! I’m glad to hear it touches you. Its original spark was not specifically about the women who came over to Canada as war brides, but other people have referred to this association as well.

How The Tiger Lost Her Roar was inspired initially by a conversation I had with my mother about her experience of moving from the UK to Canada as a young woman. Packing up her 12 storage trunks (literally!) and getting on a transcontinental boat with my father, my sister and I. This got me thinking about what kind of courage it takes for someone to migrate across an ocean or continent. To leave behind one’s entire support network of friends and family, one’s known life, to enter a “new land”.

While there are lots of positive stories of new life & new opportunity, as I started writing this song I wondered more about the other stories… the people who emigrated only to discover that things did turn out for them in the way they hoped. There is a certain vulnerability in their actions, and I feel their bravery ought to be recognised.

It seems especially relevant in today’s climate where there are people migrating all over the world to escape terrible circumstances hoping to find a new, safer home. What must it be like for them to shore up the courage to leave everything they’ve ever known only to face walls and brutality in the new land?”

Dec
02
2018
Photo by Sarah Seidel

Photo by Sarah Seidel

Photo by Conny Schulgen

Photo by Conny Schulgen

A full house and a full evening bringing a warm welcome to winter! Over 55 people cozied onto cushions and soft chairs; Karyn played two acoustic sets. Afterward the final encore, guests were treated to homemade Glühwein (warmed mulled wine, with nutmeg and other spices) and a dance party. Thanks Sarah Seidel and Roman R. Rüdiger for opening your home to the music! 💗 Thanks to everyone who created such a warm audience. (And thanks Cornelia Schulgen and Guido Trinks for the bonus visit to Duisburg!)

Sep
03
2018

36573902_2188638341176415_7758442963742490624_oI am honoured and delighted to play a double bill with ever enchanting Nadine Beneke this Saturday @ Caffe Enuma on Brunnenstrasse (Düsseldorf). Big hearts, songs galore!

See Tour Dates for more info…

Aug
17
2018

Acoustic Festival Dusseldorf - Aug 18th, 2018

It finally arrives… TOMORROW!!!! I’m playing at 19:10, but the festival starts at 14:30. So, come on down for the whole day!

I’ll be joined by the inimitable and indelible Sascha Düx and Lorenz Naumann! Weeeeeeeee!

More info about the festival, including ticket information, on Karyn’s tour dates page.

Apr
26
2018

Looking forward to a mellow Sunday afternoon show at TWB Brewing Cooperative in Kitchener this weekend! My last show in Ontario for a while, and it’s going to be a sweet one. See you there! PS, note the start / end time. It’s early!

More info…
And if you’re a Facebook person, come join the event page on FB.

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Recent Comments From Around The Site:
  • Goran: Dear Karyn, my name is Goran. I am from Wuppertal/ Germay (near of Düseldorf and Mettmann )and a big fan of...
  • Karyn Ellis Herself: Thank you very much, Martin! Best! Karyn
  • Martin: Enjoyed your show last night in K-Town….looked at your tour schedule and must say you picked beautiful...
  • Jay: Hi Karyn, Hope your doing well. Are you going to do another amateur move this year? I am playing my guitar and...
  • Jay: Hi Karyn, I was sitting at home listening to music and I started thinking of you in the Yukon. I read your...
  • Deborah McKay: Hey Sweet Karyn!! Have a fabulous (like you..that kind of fabulous!!) tour!! xoxo see you in van...
  • Jay Flint: Hi Karyn, I bought my ticket to the Moonshine Café but, was I suppose to print a nice colour ticket? I...
  • Karyn Ellis Herself: Cool! See you there, Jay! By the way, you can order tickets online at:...
  • Jay Flint: Hi Karyn, I am coming to your CD launch at the Moonshine Cafe. I havn’t been at Moonshine in years....
  • Karyn Ellis Herself: Thanks Jenna! Rolla’s is a pretty special venue. :)
  • Jenna Doeleman: Loved listening to your music on Thursday at the Rolla Pub! Great sound and still have that...
  • Stephan: We#LL gonna miss you and expect you back with wide open arms next year! ;-)
  • karynell: Hi Brian! Basically the not-so-short answer is… the people on this friends page have supported me in...
  • Brian Dietrich: How does ‘supporters’ work ?
  • karynell: Thanks Guido! Reading your comment, I am imagining the blooms in Solingen. Springtime!
  • karynell: Hi Larry! Thanks! You can find the track here: http://karynellis.bandcamp.com /track/shooting-star. Looking...
  • Larry Kosowan: Hi Karyn; I was one of your girls with glasses fans from the Church Basement on Kingston Rd. in...
  • Guido Ocker: Wow Karyn! This is a real cool video – not only in the true sense of the word…. I mean, this...
  • Samantha: When I first heard the song in the episode I had to find out what it was was called. I found it on YouTube...
  • karynell: Thanks so much, Mary!


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