Saturday 12th May 2018
STRING JAM CLUB
The County Hotel
1-5 High Street
Selkirk TD7 4BZ
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.
Immediately noted for his depth of feeling and sincerity, Ewan’s reputation has been built on his great respect and passion for the music he plays. Whether singing haunting traditional Scottish ballads or weaving the powerful stories of his own songs, Ewan’s unique, moving and earthy voice is always compelling. An outstanding guitarist (having performed with and been taught by a number of world-renowned guitarists, from Martin Simpson to Robin Hill and Jerry Douglas), it is no surprise that this distinctive guitar virtuosity is a key element of his music.
The much-awaited second album, ‘The Last Bird to Sing,’ was 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 songwriting, 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 Award for Best Male Singer of 2013.
Ewan has been touring constantly around the UK and overseas and has gained a reputation for intimate and moving performances. He has performed on the world-renowned Transatlantic Sessions together with the finest folk musicians from around the world. The series had him collaborating with artists such as Aly Bain, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon and Mike McGoldrick and showcased both Ewan’s unique interpretation of traditional song and his own self-penned songs.
Ewan’s new album ‘Stories still Untold’ was released in September 2014 to critical acclaim. We are delighted to welcome Ewan back for his second appearance at String Jam Club, which forms part of his major UK and Europe tour 2018.
“One of the most exciting singers to come out of Scotland in recent years.” (MIKE HARDING)
“Oozes class… when we lost Iain MacKintosh and Bert Jansch in recent years I have been waiting for a male voice with the same mixture of vulnerability, sensitivity, and above all, humanity. In Ewan McLennan I think we have that voice”. (THE LIVING TRADITION)
“An outstanding singer and fine guitarist.” (FROOTS)
“Stories Still Untold is a real treat.” (**** THE TELEGRAPH)
“Stories Still Untold is a stunning collection of songs and an album which confirms Ewan’s name as one of the bright lights on the folk scene today”. (BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK)
‘A major figure on the Scottish folk scene.” **** (TOP OF THE WORLD, SONGLINES)
Tramps and Hawkers
The Rolling Hills of the Borders
Boots of Spanish Leather
Jarama Valley (Instrumental)
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Tickets £12 available from the County Hotel by phone 01750-721233. Tickets will be reserved in your name for collection on the night, or you can buy online from Eventbrite (link below, be aware booking fees apply). You may be able to buy tickets on the door (subject to availability).
DOORS OPEN 7.30 PM
ENDS 11.00 PM (approx)
Why not treat yourself to a delicious meal in the County Hotel's restaurant? Ticket holders are eligible for a 15% discount 6-7pm on gig nights (please book your table in advance 01750 721233). The County also has excellent rooms if you are looking for somewhere to stay (subject to availability). There is ample parking nearby, either in the town square more or less opposite the hotel (including disabled parking bays) or in the public car-park nearby. The hotel also has a private car park (under the arch).
STRING JAM CLUB
NOW IN OUR 21ST YEAR OF HOSTING LIVE MUSIC!
"The Borders haven of acoustic music." (The List)
Voted 2nd best gig in the UK (The Guardian)
Club of the Year Nominee - Scots Trad Music Awards 2007
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