24-year-old guitarist and singer Ewan Robertson hails from Carrbridge in Strathspey. He was introduced to traditional music at an early age, attending ceilidhs in the village hall and listening to Capercaillie tapes in the back of his mum’s Volkswagen Beetle! He began learning fiddle and chanter at the age of seven, studying both at school and privately, and through the local Fèis movement which provided him with the opportunity to perform with other young musicians and learn from those who inspired him.
Ewan was accepted into the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music in Scotland in 2000 where he studied fiddle and pipes. A shortage of accompanists at the school, however, led Ewan experimenting with the guitar, an instrument he continued to play whilst he was enrolled for a degree in Outdoor Education in Glasgow. Here he used the vibrant session scene to develop a very driving style of guitar accompaniment. Ewan Graduated with First Class Honours in 2005 and helped to form the band Breabach, who won a Danny Award at Celtic Connections in 2005, and were nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. More recently Ewan became the first singer / guitarist to win the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award. When not on the road playing music, Ewan works as a part time fire fighter in Carrbridge.
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