12th September – Ewan McLennan

Described as one of the bright lights on today’s folk scene, Ewan McLennan makes his first appearance at Irvine Folk Club when he tops the bill on Wednesday 12th September.
Ewan is a Scottish folk musician and songwriter who was born in London but grew up in Edinburgh. He studied classical music on the piano and then took up guitar. Having developed a strong interest in in folk music, Ewan started playing in folk and acoustic music clubs in 2010. He is an exceptionally fine guitar player.
Ewan has four albums to his name, two of which have brought him national awards. A songwriter for whom social justice is a burning issue, Ewan’s second album The last bird to sing, secured him the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting. That award led to him being invited to take part in the 2013 Transatlantic Sessions, performing and recording alongside the likes of Tim O’Brien and Aly Bain.
His fourth album released in 2016 Breaking the spell of loneliness was a collaborative venture with renowned author and journalist George Monbiot. Using words and music, the acclaimed album opens up the issue of loneliness and community. Ewan and George toured the UK with the album which included a live appearance on BBC2’s Newsnight. The tour was a practical attempt to help address the issue of loneliness in communities.
Ewan is a guitarist, a troubadour, a balladeer and a storyteller ‘cut in the old style’ according to one reviewer. Be in the audience at the Irvine Club on Wednesday 12th September in Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road to hear Ewan. The Club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.
Elsewhere, the Blas Festival across the Highlands is on from 7th – 15th September, while in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on 15th September The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra will be in concert. All helping to keep music live!