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Posted by Graham Hodge on August 26, 2016
Your pen is now still but your words keep us moving…
Graham & Lesley❤️
Posted by Mike Silver on August 25, 2016
Hey pal,
I'm playing in Bromsgrove tonight and I'll be singing a few of your lovely songs. So grateful for the time we spent together and the inspiration you gave me Ewen. You're still the best mate. Mike S
Posted by Susan Carruthers on August 25, 2016
Happy Birthday Ewen
You are greatly missed but your wonderful music lives on
Love Sue and all your family in California
Posted by Bronwen Dootson on August 25, 2016
Often listen to your wonderful music Ewen. Brings back some great memories. Baileys coffee springs to mind too. Birthday candles are still burning. B. x
Posted by Helen Parnala (Vacaville ... on August 24, 2016
Happy Birthday Ewen
I know you are still playing your music in heaven. Glad I got to meet you thank you so much for your music I always listen to it makes me smile God Bless you

               Helen (Vacaville CA)
Posted by Patricia Haswell on August 24, 2016
Remembering you on your birthday Ewen. We as Pipe Dream continue to perform your wonderful songs. Many more folk are enjoying your beautiful lyrics and music. 

Love from Peter,John and Patricia (Pipe Dream)
Posted by Cynthia Fair on August 24, 2016
a wonderful guy always a pleasure to listen such a loss
Posted by Nancy Smith on October 15, 2015
Dear Ewen,
You are not forgotten, though on earth you are no more,
Still in memory, and song you are with us,
as you were before.
Posted by Susan Carruthers on October 4, 2015
Ewen, you are always in our thoughts.  Yesterday we had our first radio show in California for a Functional Health Forum and used the first minutes of your son "Dirty Water" for the intro/outro etc. It will be featured each Saturday for the next 13 weeks. Rick introduced the show sharing information to our listeners regarding you and your music.
Dearest Ewen you line on in the songs you wrote that people still enjoy listening to; they are timeless - what a wonderful legacy. I cannot wait to hear the new album "A Little Bit of Ewen"  Love always Sue and your family in the USA.
Posted by Graham Hodge on October 4, 2015
Each time I perform one of your songs it's a nod in your direction old friend…!
Posted by Mike Silver on October 4, 2015
Hey pal, I played Porkies Folk Club on Friday last and sang The Amber Room. What a song! What a writer! What a man. You will ALWAYS be with me Ewen.
Mike S.
Posted by Keith Taylor on October 4, 2015
Your songs are played often at Cramlington and every time fond memories come flooding back there are so many of the good time spent in your company
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on October 4, 2015
Missing you as always mister, hurts as much now as then, but your voice and memories stay forever x Love to David Sarah and families you're often in my thoughts x
Posted by Patricia Haswell on October 4, 2015
Just back from visiting the Somme and your song In the Course of Business came to mind when visiting the Battlefields and Cemetries.  We continue to sing your songs everywhere we go and are pleased that many more folk are enjoying your beautiful music.  We have recorded a cd A Little Bit of Ewen with 10 of your songs on.  Think you would approve? Remembered always by Pipe Dream.X
Posted by David Carruthers on August 25, 2015
Hey Dad.....Been thinking of you lots recently. So many great musicians play your songs and I know that is what you loved, people enjoying your music and I'm sure you would be stoked at the love felt through this site. If I'm ever sad I'll put a song or two on and listen to my old man's voice. Thanks for leaving a little of bit of you for us to enjoy forever. Miss you loads X
Posted by Derek Bone on August 25, 2015
Rubenstein Remembers - and so do I
Posted by Robert Whitehead on August 25, 2015
Great memories of the short time we made music together a wonderful experience in company of a gentleman and a true professional. Your music will live forever nights at Cramlington Folk Club will never be forgotten. Robert & Judith
Posted by Patricia Haswell on August 24, 2015
Thank you Ewen for your beautiful music. We have just completed an album with some of your songs.  We always include some of your songs in our sets when we play.    Lots of new followers to your wonderful stories.

Warm thoughts of you. Peter, John and Pat (Pipe Dream)
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on August 24, 2015
Another cream bun to myself mister! Planted a lovely honeysuckle and some sunflowers where we used to sit! Miss you and always will do, for the times we had and the times that never were to be. Think often of David and Sarah, love to you all xxx
Posted by Judith Garbutt on August 24, 2015
Till we meet on the long way back, always with us, your gave us many wonderful nights at Trimdon red lion folk club. never forgotten.
Posted by Susan Carruthers on August 24, 2015
With love across the ocean Ewen...... you are missed and we are so blessed to have your music. Just clicking on this Tribute and hearing your lovely warm voice touches our hearts.  I am so pleased so many of your music friends continue to play your songs so you live on in your music. Love Sue and everyone in California
Posted by Graham Hodge on August 24, 2015
Thoughts are with you Ewen and all your family…

Graham & Lesley
Posted by Keith Taylor on August 24, 2015
Always in our thoughts your music will be with us forever
From all at Cramlington
Posted by Judy Howard on August 24, 2015
I have been thinking of you. This August is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and I think of the wonderful song you wrote and wish the rest of the country could hear your meaningful lyrics.
Posted by Mike Silver on August 24, 2015
I'm looking out over the Camelford Valley in Cornwall where I live Ewen. I still carry your music with me wherever I go and I'm near to finishing a new recording which features four of your wonderful songs. I wish with all my heart that I could know for sure whether or not you are able to hear them. What I can tell you is that I have done the best job I could, always thinking of you as I worked. They don't come any better than you mate.
Posted by Graham Hodge on October 5, 2014
I just can't believe it's 4 years and a day since my buddy Billy rang to tell me the sad news of your passing… I'm going to sing Rubenstein Remembers tonight… my greatest respect to a great musician and friend… rest easy… Graham & Lesley Hodge
Posted by Bronwen Dootson on October 5, 2014
Still your light shines on. Always remembered with great affection dear friend.
Posted by Mike Silver on October 4, 2014
Like so many of those that leave tributes here Ewen, you are seldom far from my thoughts. On Monday next I will be saying goodbye to another good friend, Peewee Hunt from Trowbridge. He specifically asked for me to sing Sailors All. Your songs carry so much warmth and heart and remain an inspiration and tremendous comfort to us all. You wrote in a way that drew us all in. Lyrical and musical portraits of extraordinary clarity that still leave me breathless. Sleep on mate.
Posted by Keith Taylor on October 4, 2014
Your memory lives on through your wonderful music you are always remembered with much fondness by all at Cramlington
Audrey and I never forget the great times spent in your company always a true friend
Posted by Nancy Smith on October 4, 2014
Doe plays your music nightly and your music & beautiful voice drifts through the house. You live on in our hearts.

Nancy Smith & DoeDoe (Vacaville, California)
Posted by Patricia Haswell on October 4, 2014
Dear Ewen.
We always include your songs in every set we do. Your beautiful lyrics and music live on in the memories of people who knew you well, but also new followers of your inspirational poetry.  We were blessed to have met you and grateful for all the friends you have givenus through singing your songs. Thank you. Pat, John and Peter. (Pipe Dream)
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on October 3, 2014
Where does the time go.......

Listening to Remember Me, remembering you, your smile and all our good times.

Finding it hard to sleep friend, miss you now and everyday that's been and gone.

Going to see Mike play in York as a celebration of happy days past.

Much love as always to David, Sarah and their families x
Posted by Amy Lawson on September 9, 2014
Ewen, your songs always told a story. To listen to one of your songs is to imagine, as I do, the film going through my mind. Brilliant songwriter!
Posted by Amy Lawson on September 9, 2014
Ewen, your songs always told a story. To listen to one of your songs is to imagine, as I do, the film going through my mind. Brilliant songwriter!
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on August 25, 2014
Well lad, been letting the wind and the rain blow the cobwebs away, walked our beach end to end and of course had to have a huge birthday ice cream! Missing you as always, much love to Sarah, David and family been thinking about you all. xx
Posted by Mike Silver on August 25, 2014
Ewen, your memory and your songs are always with me. I have travelled and played in many places on this planet. I have never heard songs written in the same way as yours. Unique and very special, just like you mate. Rest well. Mike
Posted by Patricia Haswell on August 25, 2014
Ewen we sang 5 of your songs at Newton Aycliife Candlelite on Tuesday and folk remembered you singing there.
Also performed Waiting for a Rendezvous and Rubenstein Remembers at the Britannina on Wednesday.   You kindly came to support us when we opened there in February 2010.  We will never forget you or your music.  Peter, Pat and John from Pipe Dream xx
Posted by Sarah Carruthers on August 25, 2014
You haven't been far from my thoughts this weekend Dad.. Happy birthday... Much love now and always, Sarah, Ellie and Mollie xxxxxxxx
Posted by Keith Taylor on August 25, 2014
Always will be in our thoughts
Posted by Susan Carruthers on August 24, 2014
Happy Birthday Ewen - you are missed - thinking about you on your birthday. Love Sue
Posted by Graham Hodge on August 24, 2014
Here's to you Ewen, I sing at least two songs of yours every week, so there's never going to be a week goes by without a thought for you old pal!
Posted by Andrea McCulloch on August 21, 2014
Ewen, we remember you at the Candlelite and at Sedgefield, and even more so now that Pat, Peter and John have brought your songs back to us. Including some from recent years that we'd never heard live. Wonderful songs that will live on.. and on. God bless.
Posted by Allan Savage on May 18, 2014
Your songs are still sung at Cramlington Folk Club. You are always remembered
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on May 15, 2014
Sitting beneath your picture in The Grove last night thinking about all the great times we had there, the kids sitting cross legged in front of you gazing up and singing along, so many memories, so many happy times, there and everywhere we went together, miss you so very very much xx
Posted by David Green on October 6, 2013
I saw Ewen twice,both times at Porkies Folk Club in Poynton, He gave us two great nights and I will for ever treasure the demo CD he gave me at the end of the second night. I was staggered when I heard he had passed away. I would love to have see him again. I found Secret Lives on this web site and bought it. What a fantastic CD; I just have to learn The Loneliest is man. He will be missed
Posted by Susan Carruthers on October 5, 2013
My Dearest Ewen:
You are truly missed; your music is timeless and gives me great comfort. There are so many instances that arise and I think "Ewen" wrote a wonderful song about that!!! All my love Sue
Posted by Graham Hodge on October 4, 2013
When I heard news about Voyager leaving the solar system, it makes me think of the song you wrote about it, it's got 10 years of battery life left, but your songs and memories will last forever. We all miss you such a lot…
Posted by Mike Silver on October 4, 2013
Today marks the passing of another year without being able to talk to you pal. I still talk about you and sing your songs and tell people what a great writer you are. You'll always be that which is why I talk I the present tense. Even though you're away from us you are still somehow with us here through your amazing songs. Thanks to you, always.
Posted by Patricia Haswell on October 4, 2013
Think about you everyday, as we play and sing your songs. We are hoping to record one of your beautiful songs on our next album.
Which one? 

John, Peter and Pat (Pipe dream)
Posted by Janet Hainsworth on October 4, 2013
Miss you still my friend, so very very much.

Thinking of David, Sarah and their families with love.
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Posted by Nancy Smith on July 22, 2020
The angels looked down from heaven one night.
They searched for miles afar,
And deep within the distance
They could see a shining star.

They knew that very instant
That the star was theirs to gain,
So they took you up to heaven,
Forever to remain.

Look down on us from heaven.
Keep us free from hurt and pain.
You'll always be within our hearts
Until we meet again.

Posted by Dean Akrill on July 22, 2020
Today I was sorting through some old cassette tapes, and I found Ewen's "Secret lives"; it brought back memories of folk clubs in Goole in the early nineties, where I met Ewen, and he inspired me to write some songs. I was never as good as him. Sad to hear he has now passed away. love & prayers.
Posted by Graham Hodge on October 4, 2019
We can’t believe it’s nine years since Ewen left us, but our thoughts are often with him and his wonderful songs are always on my itinerary.
Graham & Lesley
Recent stories

Ewen teaching me :)

Shared by Neil Richardson on May 28, 2014

Ewen showing patience:)

Tennis Partner & Friend

Shared by Kathy Kirk on September 7, 2011

During our stay in the US, Ewen provided Peter with a much needed friend and they battled each other for many hours in tennis.

Ewen kept Pete same with his kindness and willingness to help Pete fill his days when he couldn't work.

Ewen you were a kind and gente man who left a positive mark where ever he went.

We will miss you

Pete & Kathy

Shared by David Patrick on October 28, 2010

I received a telephone call yesterday from my sister in law who told me she had read an article about Ewen's passing in a local newspaper in Blyth.

Ewen was best man at my wedding in 1967, however sadly we lost touch in the early '70s for no apparent reason, and until now I had been unaware of his life since then and the impact his music has had on so many people.

Ewen and I worked together at the Zurich Insurance Co. office in Newcastle and I also used to travel with him on the bus to the office.

I used to get on the bus before Ewen and when the bus was approaching the his stop at Bebside, inevitably Ewen would be nowhere in sight. As the bus passed the road junction near the bus stop, Ewen would be seen running at full speed. often with his guitar over his shoulder.

Most bus drivers were used to his lateness and would wait, however on some occasions his race was in vain.

I also recall another occasion when Ewen was best man at another wedding, that of Rob and Vikki Todd.

Newcastle were playing at home that day and after the reception, we headed off to the match with Ewen dressed in his wedding finery, an unusual sight on the St. James's Park terraces.

I carry full responsibility for having introduced Ewen to Newcastle United and wonder if he still followed their fortunes in later life.

On reading the other tributes , I was particularly sad to note that Ewen had performed at Chester-le-St. on 16th September with me being unaware that he was only 6 miles from my home.That date was also the 43rd anniversary of my marriage to Pat at which Ewen was best man.

Although my memories of Ewen go back a long way, he will never be forgotten.