IT’S not been a bad few years for Coldingham accordion player Ewan Galloway. He only released his debut album at the end of 2010 but is now getting ready to launch his third, ‘Fine Tuning’ this weekend.
And it’s not just shifting albums that Ewan has done with ease in the past year or two, he has also become quite accustomed to winning awards, scooping the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs accolade for Club Supporter of the Year and more recently a Princes Trust Merit Award.
But Ewan, still only 22, is very modest about his achievement and just enjoying being able to have his major passion as a day job.
“Things have been getting busier for myself and the band over the past year but it’s good because it means that we’re getting to play and practice together more and more,” he told ‘The Berwickshire’.
“Recently we’ve had gigs on the Isle of Sky and Stornoway and even when I was holidaying in Shetland I still played a few gigs.
It would be nice to have a bit more time to myself; sometimes I don’t get back home til four in the morning but it’s all part and parcel of the job.”
Ewan’s first two albums, ‘Perfect Timing’ and ‘Inspiring Memories’ proved popular with music fans throughout Scotland, particularly those who Ewan battled through the snow to deliver copies to but he said people can expect something different from his third release.
“The main thing people will notice is a difference in sound,” he continued.
“It’s a lot tighter this time round as the band I’ve had for the past year and a bit are all pretty much in the same position as me in that they can devote most of their time to music.
“I’ve got a good bunch around me and they’re all experienced musicians who are a pleasure to play with. Another thing people will notice is that each of the guys have a solo on the album.
“That means there’s a piano solo on there from Bill Ewan; a fiddle solo from well known player Iain Anderson who performs abroad a lot and something from Steven Calgary on second accordion, who also produced the whole album.
“He’s got a very good musical ear so if there were any bad notes he’d definitely hear them!”
Ewan is launching ‘Fine Tuning’ in Haddington on Sunday and he said for the last couple of months he’d been inundated with enquiries as to when it would be out.
“I have been pestered quite a bit by people who’ve bought the first two albums and wanted to know when the next one would be released.
“It’s nice that people want to listen to my music but to be honest I don’t really like to.
“I’ve got some really good memories from recording this album and I’m happy making do with them.”
For the album’s cover Ewan decided to do something a bit different with some assistance from The Maltings’ Daniel Cox.
“I didn’t want just me and my accordion on a tartan background or anything like that so me and Daniel worked on something together.
“I liked the idea of having lots of me as I do change my character quite a bit. Sometimes I can be serious and sometimes I can be stupid.
“A few people have said seeing so many of me is like having a nightmare!”
The last time ‘The Berwickshire’ spoke to Ewan he said his big ambition was to get a slot on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take The Floor’ and that’s now a step closer after Ewan and his band passed their audition for the popular show.
“It’s been the aim for a few years now so to make it through was fantastic” he enthused.
“We’re hoping to record a performance sometime in the new year and until then I’m being kept busy with my own radio show, ‘The Scottish Shindig’ on TD1 Radio.
“We’re getting more listeners all the time and I’m having a lot of fun doing it.”
The album launch at Haddington’s Railway Hotel will begin at 2pm on Sunday with entry £3.
The event, which runs until 6pm, is being hosted by Radio Tay and feature a performance from the Ian Lees Band.
Other musicians are welcome and any raffle prizes will be gratefully received.