Selkirk’s String Jam Club introduces folk singer and guitarist Ewan McLennan at the County Hotel tomorrow (July 12).
The club’s Allie Fox enthused: “We’re delighted to be welcoming him to the club for his first visit. His music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of Scotland, as well as his own self-penned songs.
“Traditional music brings together the three big loves of his life – music, history, and social change – creating inspirational songs full of the true stories and real grit of working-class people.”
Originally from Edinburgh, Ewan now lives down south, but never turns down an opportunity to cross back over the border and is working his way up to Scotland after performing gigs in North Yorkshire and Durham. Ewan has earned himself his fair share of fans and awards in the last few years: he won the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, and praises from Mike Harding, former presenter of Radio 2’s Folk Show: “He sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he’s terrific.”
McLennan said: “I was always drawn to Celtic music, whether Scottish or Irish, and there was a kind of lilt and maybe melancholy in the melodies that really held me.”
American folk music also led him to realise how powerful music is as a tool for expressing radical political and social themes.
Tickets are £10 and are available from the County Hotel on 01750-721233.