In promotion of Ewan’s forthcoming album Road Junkie, Ewan and the band will be doing a series of tours throughout November in Scotland, England, Wales, Denmark, Ontario and Quebec in Canada.
Based between Quebec and Scotland, Ewan Macintyre has been described as a “Standout Scottish Vocalist” (Neon Filler), “Like Robert Johnson returned from the crossroads…A welcome moment in the future of traditional Scottish music” (Mumble Music), and “A scat pitched perfectly between James Brown and Tom Waits” (The Skinny).
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, UK 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). Continuing on from his 2015 release You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway, Ewan’s debut LP, Road Junkie is an 11 track roots music monster. Complete with dynamic string arrangements and wide, glossy guitar sounds underpinning Ewan’s warm, dulcet vocals and poignant lyrical content.
Road Junkie deals with questions of identity and purpose, with a pinch of a Hunter S. Thompson – esque spirit of adventure. Written and developed over three cross-Canada tours and gigs across Europe between 2016 and 2018, the album was remotely recorded between two continents in two languages and mixed and mastered in Montreal by Patrick Steele. Recording artists include: Ewan Macintyre: vocals, guitar, slide, harmonica, bass, percussion, mandolin, Karine Bouchard: violoncelle, Tim S Savard: violon, Robin Beech: concertina, Tyler Lieb: lead guitar (Sparkly Eyes & Red Ribbon), Dom Hardy: drums (Scotland), Max Savage: drums (Quebec) and Pat Steel: slide.
Live the band features Moray fiddle player Peter Menzies, Quebec cellist Karine Bouchard (Trifantasy, Rachel Beck) and upright bassist Jenny Hill (Songs of Separation BBC 2 folk awards winner 2017) with Ewan on vocals, guitar and mandolin.
Artist’s website: https://ewanmacintyre.bandcamp.com/album/road-junkie
‘Wine & Whisky’ – live: