Wednesday 20 June 2012

Ewan McLennan gig in Southport

This Sunday 24 June, the Bothy’s guest singer is young Scottish singer-guitarist Ewan McLennan who has previously appeared in Southport at Place To Be last year, where I saw him and was very impressed.  He has been performing at many festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the country over the last couple of years, and Radio 2’s Mike Harding has said, “I was completely and utterly bowled over … one of the most exciting new voices I’ve heard in years”.

He won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Newcomer, and Martin Simpson has said of him: “Only once in a while do you hear a new voice, a new sound that is really worth listening to. Ewan McLennan is definitely one such.”  Praise indeed from an artist who has himself been nominated many times for Radio 2 folk awards, winning Artist of the Year twice.

“As soon as I heard Ewan's debut album, I could tell he has a talent far beyond his years, and I'd surely recommend this date to anyone with a regard for meaningful songs that tell a story. He has one or two own-write songs though it's mainly tried and tested material in which he specialises, but anyone doubting the power and relevance of traditional song to modern-day life would be well advised to cock an ear in his direction.” Clive Pownceby writing in 2011 about the Place To Be gig.

Ewan's CD Rags and Robes was awarded four stars in Mojo magazine.

The Bothy Folk Club meets at the Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, PR9 0JS at 8.00 p.m.  On-line tickets available here. The venue sells real ale (Thwaites Wainwright), currently at £2 a pint during June. 

P.S. I've just noticed that this is my 666th post on ReARM.

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