Album of The Week -Borrowed Songs – Ewan McLennan 15th Feb 2020
Join Auntie Liz on 15 Feb where she will be in conversation with Ewan McLennan about lhis new album Borrowed Songs Celtic Music Radio’s Album of The Week at 12pm
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 that 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’s most recent project, entitled Breaking the Spell of Loneliness, is a collaborative tour and album with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot, seeking to use music and word to open up the issue of loneliness and community.
23 Feb -The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham
06 March-The Village Pump Folk Club, Trowbridge
09 March- Colchester Folk Club,Colchester Arts Centre
13 March – Kalamazoo Klub, London
14 March – Brighton Toy and Model Museum
7 April – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
24 April – Bodmin Folk Club
15-17 May – Shepley Spring Festival
19 May – Nailsworth Festival
26 June – Campfire Club, London
8 July – Hambledon Folk Club
11 July – Priddy Folk Festival
1 Aug – Sidmouth Folk Festival
Borrowed Songs track list
- Blacking the Engines
- Our Captain Calls All Hands
- Pad The Road Wi Me
- Down the Line
- Rufford Park Poachers
- One of the Last of Its Kind
- Wild Mountain Thyme
Borrowed Songs track list