Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Ewan MacIntyre Band with special guest Rory Taillon - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20
Based between Quebec and Scotland Ewan Macintyre has been described as “distinctive” (The Living Tradition), “Standout Scottish Vocalist” (Neon Filler), “Like Robert Johnson Returned from the crossroads...A welcome moment in the future of traditional Scottish Music” (Mumble Music)“innovative music” (Edinburgh Guide), and “A scat pitched perfectly between James Brown and Tom Waits” (The Skinny). Noted for his dulcet tones, Ewan takes heavy influence from Soul/ jazz and Blues artists, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Robert Plant, Ella Fitzgerald, Jeff Buckley and Nora Jones and combines this to an acoustic and celtic/ bluegrass style 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 Ewan 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). Following on from his 2015 release ‘You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway’,which charted at number 3 in the National Folk /Roots charts of Canada, Ewan delivers his first full length solo album and it's about time too.. An 11 track roots music moster (+3 bonus tracks) complete with dynamic string arrangements, wide, glossy guitar sounds and led by Ewan's warm dulcet vocals.
Rory Taillon is a songwriter who really has something to say through his music. The 28-year-old Ottawa, Ontario resident demonstrates a lyrical mastery that belies his years and shatters formulaic conventions. This is deftly matched with a powerful, bluesy musical style and his large, dominant voice sets him apart from his contemporaries. With an undeniable and palpable sense of urgency in Taillon’s music, most evident on his latest release, It’s Not Black & White – this is a visceral look at life through the eyes of the dislocated, disenfranchised and dissatisfied. Combining the best of the poetic wordsmiths of the classic rock era with the 1990s alternative rock sense of nihilism, Taillon’s songs are impassioned pleas for people to be allowed to be who they want to be.
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