Bruce Ewan “The Red Harmonica King” featuring guitar sensation Marty Baumann, Steve “Nature Boy” Shaw (Bass) and Nick Ruggieri (drums/percussion).
BRUCE EWAN has been a part of the Washington, D.C. blues scene for more than four decades and since 1995, Ewan has been part of the international blues scene as well, touring Latin America, Europe and South Africa to great acclaim. In the United States, Ewan has shared the stage with artists like John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Carey Bell, Bobby “Blue Bland” and Bobby Radcliffe (youger brother of); Beginning in the mid-90’s, Ewan has expanded his appeal to an international audience. In 1995, he debuted at clubs and concerts halls in Buenos Aires and made guest appearances on national Argentinian television and radio. He made major tours of Argentina, Brazil and Chile. He has recorded in Argentina with Don Vilanova Botafogo, a top-tier South American guitarist, for their 2000 CD “Live in Rio IV” and collaborated frequently with him on tours. Starting in 1996, Ewan began touring and performing in top clubs and concert halls in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazilia and Salvador Bahia as well as a 2001 appearance at Carnival in the equatorial city of Recife in addition to headlining Brazil’s most prestigious (and oldest) blues festival in Riberao Prieto (in Sao Paulo state.) His Brazilian appearances were the subject of a feature on Globo TV network news. He capped his Brazilian experience by recording a CD “Mississippi Saxophone” (released on the Movieplay do Brasil label) , on which he is backed by noted Brazilian guitarist Andre Christovam and his trio.
He has also toured several times in Spain and Portugal, performing at the prestigious Granada Jazz & Blues Festival with his brother Bobby Radcliff. In 2008, Ewan and his brother Bobby Radcliff co-headlined the AguasBlues Festival in Aguascalientes, Mexico (Mexico’s largest and longest-standing blues festival.)
Ewan has toured South Africa in the Western Cape region and Cape Town in 2013 and 2014 collaborating with top South African musicians Willem Moller and bassist Shalk Jubert. Moller is known for his work with South Africa’s best artsists in a variety of styles and was featured in the Oscar Award winning documentary “Searching for Sugarman.”
The CD release “Bruce Ewan & The Solid Senders” was released by Top Cat Records/Brazil in 1999. He’s also featured on “The Blues You Hate to Lose, Vol. 2″ (USA) which a compilation CD of the Washington, D.C. area’s top bluesmen. In Argentina in 2000, he collaborated with Don Vilanova Botafogo for the CD “Live in Rio IV.”
Ewan’s virtuosity on the harmonica stands out among his peers and competitors. He plays complex solos that combine flurries of notes, changes of tonality, and a keen sense of timing. He is a master of both standard (diatonic) and chromatic harmonica, and is thoroughly schooled in the history and traditions of the blues in general and the blues harp in particular. His vocals, too, are faithful to the subtleties and nuances of authentic-sounding blues. Ewan’s repertoire is not limited to a rotation of the most common or cliched blues. Recent recording projects include mixing traditional Chicago-style blues with South American rhythmic elements such as Tango, Afro-Cuban and Samba/bossa nova. But, he maintains his commitment to the blues and reaches deep into the blues heritage for an intriguing blend Chicago blues and Latin rhythms inspired by artists as diverse as blues harmonica greats like Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton and Sonny Boy Williamson along with Latin Jazz artists such as Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente.
He has been called “a harmonica wizard” by The Washington Post in a 2003 review.