One of the first acts booked for the 2012 festival was the very talented Ewan McLennan all the way from Scotland. Winner of the BBC 2 Horizon Award 2011, Ewan combines traditional Scottish folk music with his own songs in a winning way. Ewan will be performing at the Friday night and Saturday afternoon concerts.
Ewan McLennan is a young folk artist who has been making headlines over the last year, performing at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the UK and beyond. His music combines traditional folk – with an inevitable concentration on the music of Scotland where he grew up – as well as his own self-penned songs that are receiving critical acclaim in their own right.
BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding has said of Ewan, ‘he sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he’s terrific!’. His guitar playing, described as ‘first class’ by Maverick magazine, is influenced by the rigour and technique from his years of studying classical guitar, but retains a unique, compelling sound in which both his immersion in folk music and his ongoing work with guitar maestro Martin Simpson is evident.
Meanwhile his recently released debut album, Rags & Robes, has been receiving glowing reviews. Described as ‘a collection of truly captivating songs’ by Maverick, it was chosen as ‘Folk Album of the Month’ by MOJO magazine and has won numerous ‘Album of the Week’ accolades on radio. The Root and Branch Review have said of Ewan, ‘he may well be the best singer you’ll hear all year!’