Award-winning folk singer-songwriter Ewan McLennan returned to the Rothesay stage on Saturday night when he played live with Transclyde Music at Craigmore Bowling Club.
McLennan, a fixture on the Celtic Connections festival programme and Transatlantic Sessions series, demonstrated both his own writing talent and his reverence for the work of some of the greatest talents in the folk world in a set which took his audience all round Scotland and the world - from Ayrshire to Ireland and - in one song! - from East Kilbride to Chile.
Saturday’s Craigmore gig was opened by a support slot from talented 14-year-old Rothesay singer Beth Swan, whose powerful vocals and confident performances are familiar to Bute audiences but who is adding a hugely promising songwriting string to her bow too.
The short video above features Beth’s self-penned ‘Lighthouse’, and three of Ewan McLennan’s interpretations of the work of others - Alistair Hulett and Dave Swarbrick’s ‘Granite Cage’ (a tribute to the radical John Maclean of Red Clydeside fame), the traditional Irish song ‘Arthur McBride’ (a powerful answer to the British army’s First World War recruiting efforts) and ‘Jock Stewart’, an Aberdeenshire story set to an Irish tune also known as ‘A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day’.
* Full review in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 25.