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Ella Englishby  Photographic evidence of my musical endeavours & my never-ending quest for coffee☕️🎶 1/6th of @orwells84official Wedding musician @irishweddingcellist

My dad wakes up before the sun. He’s always been an early riser, even when I was little. Dawn would break and there he’d be, sitting on the sofa in the kitchen, enjoying the silence with the cat/dog/whatever animal we owned by his side (despite the fact he vehemently denies being an animal person). When I was little, I didn’t see my parents in the morning before they woke me, but I heard them. Each morning, I would stir at the tiniest sound, so I’d hear the clinking of their tea mugs and the rattle of the paper. Sometimes the tinny drone of the radio and my dad clearing his throat.

I had that moment the way other kids had scrambled eggs or a mam that turned their light on for them in the morning to coax them out of bed. And I never wanted the other. Mine felt like a privileged peek into Adult World. Mine felt like my parents watching over me even when I was sleeping.

But when I was little and I’d wake in the darkness of my cool room to hear the first stirrings of my dad down the hall; the news, the paper, the kettle boiling. I felt a safety so deep it set my bones. It’s alright now. The night is over. Dad’s awake.

He’s always done this, for as long as I can remember. Even if we ended up going to a gig together the night before. No matter what we got up to. There he was was anyway, in the early light of the morning, waiting for something. What does the morning bring for him? One of these days I’ll have to wake up early to find out.

I’ve only gotten the chance to wear these once since they arrived but I’m SO obsessed 😍❤️

To everyone who really needs a win right now: it will happen. I don’t know exactly when or what it will be, but there is something good and it is heading your way.
When it finally gets to you, you’ll look back on these last few months of doubt and think: if only I had known it was coming. Then I could’ve been stronger, I could’ve been braver. I could have withstood the fear that I wasn’t good enough. I could have made it through the pain more gracefully.
I desperately needed a win when this picture was taken. I was anxious, scared, demotivated and cried at the drop of a hat. Literally, within a month of this photo being taken, I got that sign. I got a one phonecall and that changed everything. One thirty second phonecall.
So this is your sign. It’s coming. Be strong. Be brave. Be graceful in your pain.
You are coming out the other side of this. And wouldn’t it be incredible to be proud of the person you turn out to be when you finally get there?

Eighteen things I learned in 2018:

1. Stay up late. You’ll be more tired; who cares? Stay up anyway. See what you find.
2. Good things come to those who work for them. And sometimes better things come to those who don’t work hard at all. That will sting a little.
3. Being mean is a choice. No one ever has to do it.
4. It won’t be so scary in the morning.
5. Being a sensitive person IS OKAY. It makes life so much better when you can talk about anything.
6. Your friends are everything. EVERYTHING. Always remember your compass. When you’re stuck and can’t make a decision, always choose the road that leads back to them.
7. The things you are able to accomplish by yourself will astound you. But just because you discovered you can get by on your own, doesn’t mean you always have to.
8. Sing loudly and stop caring about what other people think!
9. It’s not always about you!! (And sometimes it is. Learn to tell the difference.)
10. There is no such thing as objective right and wrong, only actions and the many consequences they can cause. Take responsibility for everything you choose. There is a ripple.
11. Your hair is never going to be perfect. Curls are wild. Embrace them!
12. Sometimes it actually is your fault
13. Dreams have a good way of coming back to us. Even when you think they’re lost for good.
14. Always do the kindest thing possible if you can help it. Not the decent thing or the understandable thing. The kindest possible one.
15. Go dancing! Go dancing as much as possible! This is the time for things like that.
16. When you have a bad or hurtful thought, there is no rule that says you have to see it through to the depths of whatever dark place it may drag you off to. You’re allowed to just stop thinking about it. Sometimes you can’t, and it’s alright. But you are allowed.
17. When you think you are done working on yourself, you are wrong. Look again. You are never finished.
18. These are the good old days. One day you’ll sit around and tell stories about this. Hurry, write it down. You’ll want to remember this.

Ringing in the New Year with some of my favourite people! ❤️ Tonight in the Spirit Store. Wee mini Orwells lineup with Sean, Damien & me! 🎶
Here’s a snap from the Buskathon last week where ourselves and loads of other local bands managed the raise €2000 over the course of the day! 😱

Waiting patiently for Declan O’Rourke to drop his haircare routine. 💁🏻‍♀️ Incredible gig in the store with Roisin where Declan played for almost 3 hours! 💕 Fantastic end to the year!

Happy Christmas everybody! ✨❤️🎄
📸 @allsgrandso

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. 🎶❤️

Caught trying to pull faces at Sharkey during our set last week! 😂🎶
📸 Studio Upstairs Photography

No place I’d rather be ❤️
📸 @blackrockmurphy

There’s myself & the lads there now! 🎶 Pop into the Store tonight for Tune Fusion all in aid of the Dundalk Simon Community! 🙌🏻❤️ Craic & ceol galore!

Quitting everything to become a mermaid 🧜🏻‍♀️✨

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