Ewan MacFarlane’s debut solo album ‘Always Everlong’ was released in October to much acclaim, as the former Grim Northern Social and Apollo 440 frontman set out his stall as a solo artist with a collection of finely crafted rock ‘n’ roll songs that capture the unnameable feeling all great musicians elicit when you find yourself in the presence of something truly special.
The album came about when MacFarlane challenged himself mid lockdown to write a tune a day to upload to YouTube each evening, these songs tell tales of tension with pledges of eternal love. An expression of his hopes and fears, ‘Always Everlong’ is emboldened by a personable approach to classic rock penmanship as Ewan bares his soul by putting pen to paper, unafraid of the consequences. Honouring the revered rock’n’roll songbooks of Bowie, Petty, and Springsteen, it plots the works of those making up the soundtrack to his own life, who have always called, enthralled, and entranced him.
Like all great albums, music lovers will be revisiting “Always Everlong” for years to come and with this in mind, MacFarlane has announced the digital release of a deluxe ‘Always Everlong’ package to come out in February 2022. Including extra rarities and treasures, the new digital release celebrates the successes of the album’s initial release and as ripples of the initial ‘Always Everlong’ release still expand out into the world, the deluxe edition gives those that may have overlooked this future classic another reason to dive right in and check it out.
On the deluxe release, Ewan said, “we had so many great songs that we left out first time around. Then when the reaction to the album was so strong, it seemed like the sensible thing to do was to release an expanded version of the album.”
The new package includes 7 extra tracks in total, and among them is Christmas single “This Year” set to come out on 3rd of December this year. “This Year” is an unashamed Christmas song that both tugs at the heartstrings, whilst simultaneously bringing a sense of hope. As MacFarlane himself explains “it sums up the year that faced us when covid struck and life changed in the blink of an eye. It’s about paying tribute to the unfortunate souls that have passed on, but also about coming together and helping each other out in ways both big and small. Tough as it’s been, it looks forward to a brighter future.”
As a performer who’s racked up many miles on the road playing live, alongside the deluxe album release, MacFarlane is hugely looking forward to returning to the world of gigs properly with a string of shows to support the release as follows:
Saturday, December 18- Special Guest To JJ Gilmour- Airdrie Town Hall, Airdie
Thursday, January 27, 2022- Special Guest to Astrid- Celtic Connections Drygate, Glasgow
Tuesday, February 8, 2022- Special guest to Astrid- Aberdeen The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Friday, February 11, 2022- Special Guest to Astrid- Edinburgh The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Saturday, February 12, 2022- Special Guest to Astrid- Stirling The Tolbooth, Stirling
Sunday, February 13, 2022- Special Guest to Astrid- Inverness One Touch Theatre, Inverness
Friday, March 11, 2022- Headline Acoustic Show- Georgian Hotel, Coatbridge
Friday March 25th Headline Full Band Show- Glad Café, Glasgow.