Mad Mr MacPherson / Seamus the Camel

from by Ewan MacPherson

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    - To go to another place to get something or someone and bring it, him, or her back.
    - The length of water over which a given wind has blown, a long fetch creates a high energy wave.

    Over the last 20 years I have been lucky enough to play with a wide range of folk musicians from all over the world, but especially Europe. It has been an inspiring journey learning from some of the finest players in a variety of culturally rich countries.

    From the Celtic and Anglo Nations across to Scandinavia, my musical travels have led me to write this collection of tunes reflecting those experiences.

    I am not from a family of tradition bearers, but my forebears hail from all over the British Isles and music is in my bones. I have a genuine love for it, along with a mongrel's freedom which allows me to jump headlong into new cultures and get involved, learning many of the nuances in traditional styles from the generous musicians I have met.

    FETCH is the culmination of all those experiences, with a few good friends from along the way, each one of them a respected musician in their own right. This is also a way to say thanks and perhaps a chance to give something back. In these uncertain times it feels good to be part of such a vibrant culture so full of bright energy.

    This has been a very hands-on project, I wrote 95% of the music on this album, produced and recorded in Scotland and Norway, designed the cover art and booked the tour.”

    Ewan MacPherson (Eng) - Mandolin, Mandola, Banjo, Jaw Harp, 6 & 12 String Guitars, Harmonium

    Aaron Jones (Eng) - Bouzouki & Cittern

    Alasdair White (Sco) - Fiddle

    Ben Farmer (Eng) - Melodeon & Accordion

    Callum Convoy (Sco) - Bodhran

    Chris Wright (Sco) - Cittern & Octave Mandolin

    Fin Moore (Sco) - Border Pipes & Small Pipes

    Hannah Read (Sco) - Fiddle

    Lauren MacColl (Sco) - Fiddle & Viola

    Magnus Lundmark (Swe) - Percussion

    Sarah Hoy (Sco) - Fiddle

    Sigrid Moldestad (Nor) - Hardanger Fiddle

    This project would not have been possible without the support of Creative Scotland.

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First tune written by Ben Farmer back in 1998. Seamus is the name of a camel Lauren made friends with in Morocco.


from Fetch!, track released November 18, 2016
Mad Mr MacPherson Composed by Ben Farmer MCPS PRS
Seamus the Camel written by Ewan MacPherson MCPS PRS
Featuring Ben Farmer


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Ewan MacPherson Edinburgh, UK

As a multi-instrumentalist Ewan is a recognised figure on the vibrant Scottish music scene.

He has taken stages around the world with a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk/roots artists, was nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2014 MG Alba Trad Music Awards.

in addition to his own projects, he is currently a member of Salt House & renowned acid-croft band Shooglenifty.
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