Ewan McLennan first emerged onto the UK folk scene with the release of his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’. The recording gained much critical praise, described by Maverick as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', and featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums of 2010. After an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and a televised performance for the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, his debut was capped by winning the BBC Folk Award’s Horizon Award in 2011.
Ewan’s music was immediately noted for its depth of feeling and sincerity, something which comes from his respect and passion for the music he plays. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories that make-up his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. Having performed with and been taught by a number of world-renowned guitarists, from Martin Simpson to Robin Hill and Gerry Douglas, his own guitar playing is recognized as outstanding and forms an essential part of his music.
The much-awaited second album, ‘The Last Bird to Sing’, was also greeted with glowing reviews and confirmed his prominence amongst the new generation of folk musicians. As well as continuing to plough the furrow of traditional song Ewan’s self-penned songs on his second album were once again met with critical acclaim. His track ‘Joe Glenton’was awarded a prestigious national award for political song-writing, reinforcing his reputation as a singer who does not shy away from stinging social commentary. The release of ‘The Last Bird to Sing’gained Ewan several further awards, including the Spiral Earth Awardfor Best Male Singer of 2013.
During these years Ewan has been touring constantly around the UK and overseas and has gained a reputation for intimate and moving performances.
The BBC TV broadcast this autumn of the new series of world-renowned Transatlantic Sessionswill see Ewan performing together with the finest folk musicians from around the world. The series has him collaborating with artists such as Aly Bain, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon and Mike McGoldrick and showcases both Ewan’s unique interpretation of traditional song and his own self-penned songs.
Ewan continues to tour widely and is currently working on the new material for his third studio album.
‘First class. Quite possibly destined to become the UK’s finest folk singer!’Maverick
'A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.’MOJO
"hauntingly lyrical...with a hell of a gift for original composition" Roots