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Alex "Eck" McEwen RIP
fiddlebinkie
Posts: 544
Posted: 13-Dec-2008 18:32
Obituary by R Adams in the Herald.

http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/obituaries/display.var.2474398.0.Alex_McEwen.php

This short memoir (largely taken from the excellent and moving paper by neice Christian at:
http://www.archipelago.org/vol4-3/mcewen.htm ?) hardly scrpes the surface of their contribution to music and the arts in the 1950s and 60s.Strange how the McEwens have been largely airbrushed out of the history of the Scottish (and UK) folk music revival. I understand that Rory's daughter, wife of Jools Holland, is planning a documentary film on them. Download their songs from:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_dmusic?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=rory+mcewen&x=0&y=0


Auldtimer
Posts: 3461
Posted: 14-Dec-2008 14:03
Sad to hear of Eck's death, and I recall how influential he and Rory were. Their Father Adam was a revelation.
fiddlebinkie
Posts: 544
Posted: 16-Dec-2008 12:53
And now, a wee bit more in the Scotsman:

http://news.scotsman.com/obituaries/Alex-McEwen-Folk-singer.4795286.jp

Can I nominate the McEwens for the TM Hall of Fame?

Stuart

fishman
Posts: 285
Posted: 16-Dec-2008 21:03
Interesting that even with all that talent, fame and good connections, he couldn't make a living in Scotland playing scots music and had to get a job in a shop to feed the bairns(He did well at it though!) Still the case.
fiddlebinkie
Posts: 544
Posted: 16-Dec-2008 21:57
While researching the McEwens recently I was interested to note that they were using the bouzouki on recordings in 1958 (surely the first) and were probably the first to bring the 12 string guitar (now you know who to blame) accross the Atlantic. Were they the first Scottish folk group?

Stuart

fiddlebinkie
Posts: 544
Posted: 16-Dec-2008 23:41
The (London) Times:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5347972.ece


Elizabeth.
Posts: 7970
Posted: 10-Jan-2009 23:31
Alex McEwen
'Aristocratic folk singer who took lessons in Harlem and found fame on both sides of the Atlantic.'

Obit from The Telegraph 8.01.09
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/4177296/Alex-McEwen.html

fiddlebinkie
Posts: 544
Posted: 11-Jan-2009 14:20
Thanks Elizabeth. Nice cravat! Hear Eck at:

http://www.raretunes.org/performers/alex-eck-mcewen/

debk39
Posts: 2
Posted: 01-Jul-2009 08:47
im a distant cousin of Eck Mcewen's living in Australia, although we never met him I was saddened to hear of his death. an aunt of mine & myself love listening to his & rory's music. Just a reply to Auldtimer their fathers name wasnt Adam he had a nephew named adam his father was Sir John Helias Finnie Mcewen
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stevebyrne
Posts: 435
Posted: 01-Jul-2009 14:34
debk39, 'Father Adam' was a song on Rory & Alex's 1957 album 'Scottish Songs and Ballads', to which Auldtimer was referring.

You can hear a brief snippet here:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1237

Auldtimer
Posts: 3461
Posted: 01-Jul-2009 16:15
Sorry, debk39, I should be more careful with my punctuation!

Thanks for the clip reference, Steve. I remember my spine tingling when I first heard this.

fiddlebinkie
Posts: 544
Posted: 01-Jul-2009 20:01
If you are a Spotify fan (like me) you can hear the whole track at:

http://open.spotify.com/track/2B2GyJISzJnVra46fG1qMn

I've made a Rory and Alex Spotify playlist of their two US albums:

http://open.spotify.com/user/fiddlegow/playlist/2qkbvJHTvkD4xowZ7xRPvP

I'll add this to my Scotify ( http://www.scotchmusic.com/scotify.htm ) site in due course.

Stuart

debk39
Posts: 2
Posted: 23-Jul-2009 09:36
thanks Auldtimer & Steve, I do have that song here , my favourite of theirs is a lum hat wantin' a croon so i usuaully listen to that heaps, I shall have to listen to father adam, my late husbands name was adam
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