Hailing from a dairy farm in central Saskatchewan, young hip-swinger-folk-singer Ellen Froese is not Joan Baez or a sheep, but the vibrato in her voice may suggest otherwise. One of Ellen’s very first gigs was a 2014 opening slot for Catherine MacLellan at the Bassment in Saskatoon; two years later, she was headlining the venue herself after the success of her first solo album release, Get on With the Blues. From a young age and over a short period of time, she has clearly proven herself to be a valued addition to the world of folk music through her poignant vocals and raw talent in musicianship.

Growing up as a homeschooled only child on her grandparents’ Mennonite homestead, Ellen has a rich history of singing to the cows. Her passion for music started at an early age, beginning with a phase of non-stop adoration for rock ‘n’ roll and culminating with a love for songwriting and folk/bluegrass music. This range of interests growing up has highly influenced her abilities and stylistic choices as an artist today. In 2012, Ellen and two friends formed the folk trio In With the Old as an outlet for their zeal for the genre, which soon led them on to two album releases and extensive touring throughout North America. This brought Ellen to appearances at Merlefest, Breakout West, and Folk Alliance International, to name just a few. Lately, she has been branching out with her rock ‘n' roll influenced back-up band, the Hot Toddies, made up of a superb lineup of Saskatoon musicians: Matt Joyal (the Classy Chassys), Dylan Cooper (Von Jumbo), and Emmett Fortosky (Minivandal).

Ellen released her second solo album in Fall 2017 accompanied several Canadian tours. In Terry Pugh of Clark's Crossing Gazette's words, “(Ellen has) superb songwriting skills, versatile musicianship, and an unforgettably sweet voice.” With her effortlessly striking vocals, adeptness on the guitar, and honest songwriting, Ellen has found a home onstage. Whether performing a traditional tune, a rock 'n' roll classic or an original, the multi-instrumentalist does it with an air of authenticity – all tempered with a healthy dose of self-deprecation. Ellen takes the stage at Regina Folk Fest with the Hot Toddies.

Regina Folk Festival 2018. Be there.