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We are immensely proud to welcome Ewan McLennan back to Durham. Last seen in our beautiful City at The 2016 Durham Book Festival when he and George Monbiot premiered their ‘Breaking The Spell of Loneliness’ project at Redhills: The Durham Miners Hall.
Although born in London, Ewan grew up in Edinburgh where he studied classical music on the piano. Later he took up the guitar and developed an interest in folk music; he started playing folk and acoustic music clubs in 2010 and that year he signed to Fellside Records and recorded his debut album. ‘Rags and Robes’ which led to Ewan winning the 2011 Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
His second album, ‘The Last Bird To Sing’, was released in 2012, and led to a Spiral Earth Award and the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political song writing. At that time, Mike Harding, then of BBC Radio 2 said, ‘I was completely and utterly bowled over by Ewan’s music. One of the most exciting new voices I’ve heard in years.’
In 2013 Ewan was invited to be part of the prestigious BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions, which saw him performing alongside internationally renowned musicians, such as Danny Thompson, Aly Bain and Cara Dillon. In September 2014 his third album ‘Stories Still Untold’ was released to critical acclaim, The Daily Telegraph pronounced that ‘Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album.’ His most recent release was in 2016 when Ewan collaborated with author and journalist George Monbiot to produce the aforementioned album ‘Breaking The Spell Of Loneliness’ which sought to address the curse of our age: a crowded planet stricken by loneliness. Folk Radio rightly described it as ‘an enthralling album’.
‘Ewan McLennan has a gorgeous, lilting voice.’ – Mojo
‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is a powerful, poignant set.’ – The Guardian
‘McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene’. – Songlines Magazine
Opening for Ewan will be Ian Bartholomew who is a member of Teesside based folk band Peg Powler. They released their debut album, Northern Lines in July 2016 and it was described by Bob Fischer on BBC Tees as – ‘beautifully dark and twisted folk music with a macabre streak a mile wide’