15 January 2010, 11 March 2011, 28 January 2012, 15 January 2016, 29 April 2017
Ewan is a brilliant young Scottish singer who we originally booked at the Goose back in the day to support Faustus, on the basis of hearing his wonderful album of mainly traditional songs, and we were certainly not disappointed. We don’t think you were either, judging by the comments afterwards!
When we subsequently asked him to headline at the Mag, the room was rammed with folkies from all over the place. We almost had to turn people away, so we were delighted when he agreed to come back to the Mag, even though he had to travel all the way from Leeds! Sadly, or happily, this time so many people came we actually did have to turn people away 🙁
So in 2012 we bowed to the inevitable and booked him at the larger venue of The Ivy House – which was also packed! And then he came again to The Ivy House after its reincarnation as a community-owned pub. Rammed again and another fantastic night 🙂
Ewan was one of the headliners at our Benefit Concert for Refugees in January 2016, which raised nearly three thousand pounds. We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming him back in 2017.
Here’s the official blurb – but hey, if you have already seen him at the Goose, none of this will surprise you!
Ewan McLennan has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer who can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.By the time he began playing the folk and acoustic music clubs around Britain in 2010 he’d already been playing music for years – guitar and piano and all kinds of styles but with a strong interest in folk songs.He was signed to Fellside Records also in 2010 and recorded his first full album, ‘Rags & Robes’. It received critical acclaim, put him firmly on the folk circuit and in 2011 won him the prestigious Horizon Award at the BBC Folk Awards.His second album, ‘The Last Bird To Sing’, was released two years later in 2012 and again was enthusiastically received. He continued to win awards off the back of this: two Spiral Earth Awards in 2013 and then the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting the same year.This also led on to him being asked to be part of the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions in 2013, which saw him performing and recording alongside some of the world’s finest folk musicians.Having learnt from and worked with both Martin Simpson and Dick Gaughan over recent years, it’s evident in Ewan’s guitar playing and in his music that he has absorbed and inherited a great deal, and at first hand, from the older generation of ‘folk greats’ before carving his own path. The songs he sings and writes are rooted in traditional songs and the tradition of folk music as social commentary.
Ewan has also recently been part of a remarkable collaboration with writer George Monbiot, which seeks to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and bring people together. You can read more about this on his website.