We're thrilled to continue to bring you acts of the very highest quality, as we welcome EWAN McLENNAN as our guest on Friday 16th October. A singer and guitarist who is highly regarded by fans of music and fellow musicians alike, Ewan has quickly established himself as a story teller of the finest quality. Recording his first album in 2010, Ewan was no stranger to music, he just needed to find his sound.
London-born, Edinburgh-raised, Ewan started off playing the piano, graduating to guitar, where he excelled. Recording for the famous Fellside label and the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award followed in 2011, and the scene was set for the establishment of our of the finest acts to grace the UK folk scene.
More awards (from Spiral Earth and the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting and more albums followed, as well as an appearance on the Transatlantic Sessions. Singing and performing both traditional and contemporary songs, Ewan plays with passion and finesse for audiences small and large.
"Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album of traditional folk." - The Telegraph
Ewan’s most recent album is Stories Still Untold, a volume which further cements what Ewan is all about. Expect songs from this record as well as Ewan’s others, old favourites and new songs which will delight and enthrall.
"A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving." - MOJO
We can't wait to welcome Ewan to Downend Folk Club, where he'll be supported by South African Kwazulu world guitarist and folk roots extraordinaire NIBS VAN DER SPUY. Raised in the fertile province of Kwazulu Natal, Nibs immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond.
After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.
The event will be held at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th October 2015. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a full bar serving GWB real ale, cider, wine and a range of soft drinks, as well as a raffle. Please do remember to bring your own glass/tankard/mug etc.