Elle was born on the North Sea coast of Lincolnshire where she taught herself to play the fiddle (and ride Gypsy horses on the beach – although that’s another story). She was raised amongst folk singers and wrote songs from an early age.
Inspired by the language and beauty of English folksong, Elle performs her own songs, as well as re-interpretations of traditional songs (many of which she nicked from her Dad).
Elle’s debut cd, Testimony, featured in the fRoots magazine Best of Year Critics’ Poll, and was reviewed as “…One of the most compelling performances of the year”. Her 2011 release So Slowly Slowly Got She Up was Album of the Week in The Independent, and gained Elle a nomination for Singer of the Year from Spiral Earth.
Elle features on the Shirley Collins tribute album, Shirley Inspired (Earth recordings 2015) singing the Ballad of Alain Bain, the Peter Bellamy tribute album, Oak, Ash, Thorn (Folk Police Recordings 2011), singing The Way Through the Woods – reviewed by Living Tradition as “…The track that most brought Peter Bellamy’s spirit to mind…”, and on the Lal Waterson tribute album Migrating Bird, as one half of the experimental folk noise duo Lindsey Woolsey (“Willful dissonance”! The Times).
She also composes for dance, and makes sound installations – including LongLines for the National Fishing Heritage Museum, and most recently Stand Apart for Fabrica gallery, Brighton.
Elle has toured Britain, Australia, and the USA, and has collaborated with James Yorkston, Spiers & Boden (the Bellowhead boyz), and Alasdair Roberts (including at one of our Goose concerts!).
“Elle Osborne is the future of the tradition” – Auckland Folk Festival.
“Raw and compelling, passionate and engaging” – Time Out