“Of all the singer-songwriters that are making their presence known on Prince Edward Island, and there are quite a few, Dennis Ellsworth is standing out from the crowd.” – Glenn Meisner, CBC’s Atlantic Airwaves
Dennis has grown into one of Atlantic Canada’s most potent songwriters, with beautifully poetic lyrics and a veteran’s sense of melody, tune and arrangement.
The most recent release, Dusk Dreams, was recorded in Athens, Georgia, with acclaimed musician and producer, David Barbe (Drive By Truckers, Cracker, Bob Mould/Sugar). The album consists of ten songs that blend folk, pop, country, lounge, blues, soul, and whatever else. Barbe’s production is subtle, yet gorgeous and steers clear of interfering with the loosely wonderful performances. Critics are calling Dusk Dreams, Dennis Ellsworth’s most beautifully crafted release to date.
Dennis Ellsworth has two previous solo recordings, 2010′s Chesterfield Dweller of the Year, which Americana-UK.com called “heartfelt and heart-achingly beautiful, a timeless album”, and Strange Boat, an EP released in September 2011 and nominated for 4 MPEI awards.
With his honky-tonkin’ side project, Haunted Hearts, Dennis has written and released two definitive records (Thank You, Goodnight and Howdy), collectively winning the group seven different awards with Music PEI and garnered an ECMA nomination in 2010 for Rising Star.
In typical fashion, Dennis is working on material and making plans for the next solo record. The record will be produced by Josh Finalayson (Skydiggers) in late January, early February 2013 at The Bathhouse in Bath, ON and released in Autumn 2013 on Busted Flat Records.
In August 2012, it was announced that Dennis was a regional finalist in the International category of the Mountain Stage New Song Contest.