Ewan Macintyre Band:
An intimate performance of music from Quebec and Scottish artists, pushing the boundaries of contemporary folk. Featuring Montreal cellist Karine Bouchard, Moray fiddle player Peter Menzies and percussionist Alex Auldsmith with Ewan Macintyre on vocals, guitar and mandolin. Live shows are filled with rich string arrangements, ripping solos, soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrical content, bringing to mind the celtic blues/ soul of artists Van Morrison, Paulo Nutini and Eddie Reader.
Led by puppeteer, musician and ex-lead singer of the award-winning Edinburgh collective Southern Tenant Folk Union, Ewan Macintyre has a rare ability to pen songs in a range of styles. Like many Scottish artists, Ewan crossed the Atlantic to develop his sound, earning his spurs through years of hard touring across Canada and Europe. His recent album Road Junkie is a culmination of that work bringing together some of the finest talent in Quebec, British Columbia and Scotland.
Ewan has been a self-employed artist since the age of 19, working primarily as a musician, puppeteer, sculptor and builder. As a musician and composer Ewan has worked in theatre, film solo and with band projects. Highlights of his career include collaborating with Hidden Orchestra for Big Man Walking (singing to crowds of over 10,000 people on top of cherry picker outside Holyrood Palace and again in Glasgows George Square for Merchant City festival 2014) as well as supporting Hot House Flowers in 2013. In 2015 he released his first solo album “You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway” which was rated #3 in the Canadian National Folk Roots Charts, setting him on a mad journey touring his band of troubadours across Canada and Europe.
Some albums, like hot baths on December evenings, let you lower yourself into them and recline in utter comfort and satisfaction. Road Junkie, Ewan Macintyre’s latest record, is one such LP, lapping at the ears with a wonderful warmth as each song froths with Tim S. Savard’s fiddle, evocative slide guitar from Pat Steele and Ewan himself. Liam Wilkinson, Northern Sky Magazine 2018
Cowboy campfire sounds immersed in soulful attire, Celtic grooves meets jazz bar crooning, ragged folkiness frolicking with the uptown and the urbane.
As allways when worlds collide, the result is devastating, that remains true here. Road Junkie is devastatingly clever, devastatingly gorgeous and devastatingly original. David Franklin, Smithsonian 2018
Excellent stage presence and beautiful original songs. I think just about anyone could enjoy a live set of Ewan’s. Sian Macleod @ Record City, 2017
Like Robert Johnson returned from the crossroads, is a welcome moment in the future of Scottish music. Damo Bullen @ Celtic Connections 2016