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  Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 


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Award-winning Ewen Macintyre Band back at the 'Grease February 22

By E. Macintye


The Ewen Macintyre band is playing Tractorgrease Feb 22 and Feb 23 at the Watershed Arts in  Langley.


he last time the eclectic band crashed the 'Grease gate it was a surprisingly awesome evening of entertainment.

This time they're touring their new CD release "Road Junky" billed as "Good clean, heartfelt roots music about life and being on the road.”

The band's international music project, pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk. Led by puppeteer, musicians and Ex- lead singer- songwriter of the award-winning Edinburgh collective “Southern Tenant Folk Union”, “Road Junkie” is a genre smashing album and exciting collaboration between Quebec, Scotland and British Columbia, Canada. The new album takes inspiration from 2 years of intensive touring across Canada and Europe. Sonically compared to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Joe Cocker, Goat Rodeo Sessions and the Beach Boys, drawing on influences of Ewans work in Bluegrass, Scottish and Irish traditional music, theatre, pop, rock and soul.

“Road Junkie” is a celebration of the music, places and people that both inspire and confuse. Every track on the album is unique stylistically and thematically, held together as a whole by it's storytelling, being both playful and sincere. Human experience and nostalgia present themselves through varying forms, the material drawing on themes of death, loss, love and adventure. Highlights include “Sideways”, “Better Ways to Fall”, & two moving eulogies for friends and family: “Champagne in Heaven”, for Ewan’s Grandfather and “Natalie”, a reflective commentary on the anarcho- punk drug fueled parenting that affected Ewan's early teenage youth.


Recorded by upcoming Montreal based producer/engineer Patrick Steele and featuring and all-star cast of musicians from B.C. Scotland, Ontario and Quebec. Stylistically eclectic, Ewan fuels his musical inspiration through cultural exchanges. The use of strings is a big part of the sonic landscape of the album material. Working alongside violon/cellist “Karine Bouchard” and  violinist “Tim S Savard, worlds of jazz, classical and folk traditions collide, creating some good clean, heartfelt roots music about life and being on the road.


In 2015 Ewan recorded his first solo E.P. “You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway”, a mix of genres and styles. The album reached #3 in the National Folk/Roots charts of Canada. With his band, he has reached over 200 venues across Europe and Canada and performed at festivals including Celtic Connections and 150th Canada Day celebrations in Invermere, B.C.


Previous lead singer with the award-winning Edinburgh collective Southern Tenant Folk Union he performed the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland and in 2011 the band won Americana Artist of the Year. He recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums with the band, receiving stellar reviews from Mojo, Q, The Guardian, Irish Times, Uncut, Irish Mail on Sunday, Hot Press as well as live TV performances on RTE’s ‘The Late Late Show’ & ‘The View’.


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