GENRE: Roots, Alt-Folk
RIYL: Rufus Wainwright, Barr Brothers, Jeff Buckley
LABEL: Broken Car Records
Together with his band Ewan Macintyre weaves his own blend of folk pop tradition. Their live shows feature lush string arrangements, ripping solos, soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrical content.
Noted for his dulcet tones, Ewan takes influence from soul, jazz and slues artists, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Robert Plant, Ella Fitzgerald, Jeff Buckley, Nora Jones and combines this into a celtic acoustic bluegrass styled format.
Live the band features Morayshire fiddle player Peter Menzies, Quebec cellist Karine Bouchard (Trifantasy, Sarah Toussant Leveille) and upright bassist Jenny Hill (Songs of Seperation, Best Album 2014 BBC 2 folk awards) while Macintyre sticks to vocals, guitar and mandolin.
Taking inspiration from two years of intensive touring, this boundary-breaking, genre-shifting album reflects a rare ability to pen classic songs in a range of styles. Road Junkie draws influence from Ewan’s work with award-winning bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union (Late Late Show, Loose Ends, Americana Artist of the Year 2011), in theatre (In Her Shadows, directed by Cora Bisset), Scottish and Irish traditional music (including Gaelic song), pop, rock and soul (Ruby & the Emeralds).
Road Junkie is an 11 track roots music monster (+3 bonus tracks) complete with dynamic string arrangements, glossy guitar sounds and a strong lyrical content binds it all together. It's a debut full length that comes off the heels of his 2015 EP "You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway" (#3 Folk/Roots !Earshot National)
“Excellent stage presence and beautiful original songs. I think just about anyone could enjoy a live set of Ewan’s”
- Record City
“like Robert Johnson returned from the crossroads, is a welcome moment in the future of Scottish music...”
- Celtic Connections
“If you’ve got the heart,” sang a suave Ewan Macintyre, .There was more heart in the room last night than you’d find in a whole tour of Mumford & Sons. A puppeteer by day, Macintyre’s voice over the evening went from balladeer to crooner to Elvis impersonator and back”
- The Art Desk