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EWAN ROBERTSON - Some Kind Of Certainty

EWAN ROBERTSON - Some Kind Of Certainty
Greentrax CDTRAX328

Ewan is a young singer with an incredibly mature voice that is ideally suited for the wide ranging choice of material on this CD.  He is joined by Angus Lyon on piano, Rick Taylor on trombone, Ewan MacPherson on 12 string guitar and banjo, Alan Train on pedal steel, Patsy Reid on violin, Donald Hay on drums, James Lindsay on double bass and Emily Smith on backing vocals.  A fine band for a fine singer.

His handling of traditional songs like Ship In Order and Oh Gin I Were, an old and beautiful love song with a tune written by William Holden (1765 – 1832) are very sensitive.  He’s just as good on songs like Vincent Black Lightning by the great Richard Thompson, Man Of War by Steve Knightley and King Of Rome by D Sudbury – the beautiful song about Charlie Hudson and his racing pigeon, a song of hope and endurance against all odds.  Ewan was drawn to Phil Och’s When I’m Gone because of his passionate and inspiring lyrics.  There are two songs from the pens on Finlay Napier and Nick Turner – Ride Away, a song of rekindled love, and One For The Ditch about drinking quality single malt whisky, staring into the fire and feeling sorry for yourself.

Ewan shows a depth of voice that will get even better as he gets older.  A promising career beckons on the folk scene, not only as a solo singer, but also with the group Breabach.

Kathy & Bob Drage

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This album was reviewed in Issue 86 of The Living Tradition magazine.