Ewan McLennan - The Last Bird To Sing

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(June 2012) 11 tracks: Rolling Hills Of The Borders * Whistling The Esperanza * Jamie Raeburn * Banks Of Marble * The Last Bird To Sing * Reeling AndStaggering / Napolean Crossing The Alps * Lichtbob's Lassie * Joe Glenton * Butcher's Boy * Killyclare * The Lass Of Aughrim / Ae Fond Kiss.

Second album from this acclaimed young folk singer and guitarist.

He has been making a name for himself performing at festivals, clubs and concert halls across the UK and is the winner of several awards including the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award.

The CD is a mix of traditional songs, covers and self penned material, bringing together songs which champion the downtrodden.The songs deal with subjects such as the Chilean miners, a court martialled soldier who refused to complete a second tour of Afghanistan, and social justice in the 1940s.

His guitar playing is influenced by the rigour and technique from years of studying classical guitar for his music degree, followed by further tuition from guitar supremo Martin Simpson - it retains a unique, compelling sound in which his immersion in folk music is evident.

Ewan McLennan (vocals, guitar), John McCusker (fiddle), Laurence Blackadder (double bass), Karine Polwart (harmony vocal), Martin Simpson (slide guitar).

"He sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he's terrific...!" (Mike Harding, BBC Radio Two)

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