Since his emigration to Canada in 2014, Ex-lead singer/ songwriter of award winning Edinburgh Bluegrass band The Southern Tenant Folk Union, and Scottish soul man Ewan Macintyre has been developing his own individual transatlantic roots style. Having produced two albums in Montreal, his latest venture Dream On Sally features a core group of musician; Quebec cellist Karine Bouchard (Trifantasy, Rachel Beck) and Scottish fiddle player Peter Menzies, with Ewan on Guitar/Vox/Mandolin. The trio met at traditional sessions in Montreal, QC and in Edinburgh, Scotland and came together formally professionally in March 2018 for a tour of Denmark and Germany.
Ewan’s songwriting draws heavily upon the great cross roads of early American music (where styles of soul, swing, blues and country collided). All this, together in a hot soup of Celtic/Bluegrass and a dash of prog rock and 90’s R’n’B and behold, you have the Ewan Macintyre Band’s sound. The writing over the new album is heavily inspired by his musicians, building lush string arrangements around his vocal delivery.
The album was recorded over a three month tour in Scotland, Nova Scotia and Quebec in 2019. Recorded on the Isle of Mull, Scotland by Gordon Maclean and then at two Canadian sessions: First of all at the groups studio in Montreal and secondly at a residency in Nova Scotia (listen out for background crickets!). The production harkens back to Ewan’s bluegrass experiences, recorded for the most part live off the floor. As such there is a raw energy that comes through each track and a deeper intimacy between the musicians.
It was mixed and mastered by Montreal producer Pat Steele with help from Ewan. As well as the main trio of musicians it also includes guest artists from Montreal and Edinburgh including Antoine Larocque on accordion, Ian Belcourt on bass, Alex Auldsmith on percussion and Dana Babineau-Burns and Amanda Gibeauon vocals.
Artist’s website: www.ewan-macintyre.org
‘Each To Their Own’ – live: