ewen was a very private, modest person. he did not disclose much information about his past and personal life. however, many clues to ewen's past can be found in his songs. they speak for themselves. we would like to show you ewen's life in his own words - the lyrics of his songs:

WARK-ON-TWEED - 'back to the borders'

Ewen briefly lived in wark-on-tweed, near coldstream, where his father was posted as a teacher after world war ii. his memory of these years are contained in the songs 'back to the borders' and a song 'dEmob suit', a song about his fathers return from the war.

in the song 'back to the borders' ewen 'promised myself I would someday return, no more battles to fight, no more bridges left to burn'. he did return at least on two known occasions, and we also visited the site for the battle of flodden.

it was on these trips that we would ask about his childhood, and ewen believed that he developed his life long passions for writing ,painting and reading at wark-on-tweeD. Ewen was also never scared of his own company , and he attributed these things to his time at this beautiful but secluded place.

the song 'back to the borders' is a trip down memory lane, a theme often found in ewens songs.

'back to the borders' - from the album 'a little bit of me'

ROTHBURY - 'THE MESSAGE'

ewen moved to rothbury as a child and was very fond of this area. he would take his children for walks UP HILLSIDE ROAD where he used to live , THEN BLAEBERRY HILL , TO LEad ONTO THE CAIRN AT THE TOP OF THE HILL A FEW HUFFS AND PUFFS LATER. IT WAS ON ONE OF these journeys thAT EWEN ALLEGEDLY 'LEFT A MESSAGE' IN A BOTTLE for david and sarah, his son and daughter.

THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR THE BOTTLE....AND WHO KNOWS , PERHAPS IT IS WAITING TO BE FOUND.

'THE MESSAGE' - from the album 'WHEN TIME TURNS AROUND'

Bebside - 'radio dancer'

growing up ewen ALSO lived with his uncle bob at a small farm in a place called bebside. uncle bob was a colourful charachter who could often be seen cycling to blythe with potatoes and turnips attached to his bicycle for his dates. uncle bob also had a passion for ballroom dancing, and the song 'radio dancer' is a song ewen wrote about uncle bob's PERHAPS SPURIOUS claim to fame as once 'STARRING' on the radio during a ballroom dancing competition.

eWEN WAS ALSO A GREAT FAN OF NEWCASTLE UNITED AND WROTE THE SONG 'BLACK AND WHITE' PROMPTED BY MEMORIES OF ATTENDING THE FOOTBALL MATCHES IN HIS YOUTH.

'RADIO DANCER' - FROM THE ALBUM OF THE SAME NAME

'BLACK AND WHITE' - FROM THE ALBUM 'A LITTLE BIT OF ME'

THE PEARL - 'IN THE COURSE OF BUSINESS'

MUSIC AND SONGWRITING WAS EWEN'S LOVE BUT HE ALSO HAD A 'DAY' JOB WORKING FOR THE PEARL ASSURANCE COMPANY AS A CLAIMS NEGOTIATOR UNTIL HE RETIRED IN THE LATE 80'S. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE HE MET MANY INTERESTING INDIVIDUALS ALONG THE WAY AND ONE GENTLEMAN RECALLED MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR ONE WHICH INSPIRED EWEN TO WRITE 'IN THE COURSE OF BUSINESS'.

'IN THE COURSE OF BUSINESS' - FROM THE ALBUM 'RADIO DANCER'

YORKSHIRE - 'SLOW BLUES'

In the 70’s Ewen moved from the North East to Yorkshire where he met The Marchants and formed group Freeway. The songs can be found on the “Friends” section of the web site. Although now married with children he continued to write songs and sing in the folk clubs – meeting friends such as Jon Strong; Brenda Wooton amd Mike Silver.

When Ewen retired from full-time employment his music career took off – writing songs such as “The Loneliest is Man” – “Slow Blues” – and recording his first album “Secret Lives” followed by “Radio Dancer.” He became a favorite performeR at the local music venue “The Grove” and other folk clubs around the country.

loneliest is man' - FROM THE ALBUM 'secret lives'

'slow blues' - FROM THE ALBUM 'secret lives'

THE AMERICAN YEARS - 'COLD HANDS IN RENO'

In the late 90’s Ewen then moved to California. The west coast of America inspired such songs as “Alcatraz” “Cold Hands in Reno” and “Have a nice day.” He was always interested in both American and European history and came songs such as “LEWIS & Clarke” “The Amber Room.” His song writing was complimented by the quality of recordings on his home recording studio where he was able to put down his compositions with beautiful harmonies with accompanyment on the electric piano.

'alcatraz' - FROM THE ALBUM 'a little bit of me'

'cold hands in reno' - FROM THE ALBUM 'a little bit of me'

'lEWIS & clarke' - FROM THE ALBUM 'a little bit of me'

A favorite is a song which has not yet been recorded but is available on the attached MP3 called “Pacific” – he loved the ocean and coastline in California

'pacific ' - FROM a home recording

new arrivals - 'ONE MORE STORY'

Another song recorded in the US which has a special meaning “One More Story” – our first grandson, Andrew, was born and when I came back home having related the story to Ewen – this wonderful song emerged

'one more story' - FROM THE ALBUM 'when time turns around'

the german years - 'when time turns around'

A new album called “A Little Bit of Me” was recorded. then Mike Silver and Allan Taylor introduced Ewen to Gunter Pauler of Stockfisch Records and Ewen sent Gunter a home recording of songs which Gunter produced and featured on this web site “When Time Turns Around (inspired by the Physicist, Stephen Hawkins) and his last album “One Red Shoe”

Ewen had a gift to turn such tragedies as ‘9-11” and “Hurricane Katrina” into musical stories. These can be found on his latest album “One Red Shoe” – the title track which was written after Ewen saw a documentary on the events of “9-11” and there was a red shoe in the ashes left behind…. Listen to the lyrics of the song… Ewens intrepretation of “9-11.”

'one RED SHOE' - FROM THE ALBUM OF THE SAME NAME

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