Ewan Dobson

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Ewan Dobson
Ewan Dobson.jpg
Dobson in 2009
Background information
Birth nameEwan Dobson
Born (1981-09-09) 9 September 1981 (age 37)
OriginRichmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
GenresFingerstyle guitar, acoustic metal
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1998 - present

Ewan Dobson is a Canadian fingerstyle guitarist and Candyrat Records recording artist.


As a classical guitarist, Dobson has won many awards including the Grand Prizes of both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival (1996 and 1998), as well as the D'addario Scholarship from the Kiwanis Music Festival which is given to the top classical guitarist in the competition. As a fingerstyle guitarist, Ewan placed first at the 5th Annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in 2009.[1] Two months after this he competed in the 38th Annual International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kansas and placed third.[2] He subsequently placed first in the Acoustic Category of the 4th Annual Montreal Guitar Grand Prix.[3]

He was initially drawn to the shred metal guitar of Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe and Megadeth, before discovering Niccolò Paganini and exploring classical music of the Romantic period. He then expanded his interests to include bluegrass music after hearing Leo Kottke, Tony Rice and Joe Maphis. His original compositions are influenced by all of these things, along with video game music which he absorbed while playing the NES as a child. His music has also been described as similar to the European Melodic Metal which he enjoys.[4] His style has evolved into a new form commonly referred to as "Acoustic Metal", i.e., music similar to shred metal but played on an acoustic guitar.[5] Other influences include Canadian folk, techno, and trance music.[6]

"Time 2" topped iTunes charts around the world, hitting number one in Finland, Germany and Sweden.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dobson has Tourette syndrome (TS),[8] and has performed at the Tourette's Syndrome National Conference in Canada.[9]

Solo albums[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Canadian Guitar Festival and Fingerstyle Guitar Competition". Comevisit.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Instrument Contest Winner Archives Ewan Dobson". Wvfest.com. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Montreal Guitar Grand Prix – The prizes – Acoustic Category". Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  4. ^ "Nine Questions With: Ewan Dobson Interview". www.fingerstyleguitarists.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  5. ^ "Acoustic Metal/Listen to Ewan Dobson's "Condemnation"". www.guitarworld.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  6. ^ "Ewan Dobson - LR Baggs". www.lrbaggs.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  7. ^ "Beach Native Ewan Dobson Becomes Online Music Star". www.insidetoronto.com. Retrieved 2014-11-22.
  8. ^ "National Post Brain Supplement" (PDF). parkinson.ca, Parkinson Society Canada. 26 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Event 96 Official Conference Programme 2009" (PDF). p. 15. ldao.ca Tourette's Syndrome Foundation of Canada.
  10. ^ "Guitar". cdbaby.com. Ewan Dobson.
  11. ^ "The Red Army Love Potion". cdbaby.com. Ewan Dobson.
  12. ^ "Healthy Obsession". cdbaby.com. Ewan Dobson.
  13. ^ "Ewan Dobson". Candyrat.com. CANdYRAT Records. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  14. ^ "Ewan Dobson II". Candyrat.com. CANdYRAT Records. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
  15. ^ "Ewan Dobson III". Candyrat.com. CANdYRAT Records.
  16. ^ "World Candies". cdbaby.com. Ewan Dobson.
  17. ^ "Ewan Dobson : Acoustic Metal : Double CD". Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  18. ^ "Ewan Dobson : Acoustic Metal II". Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  19. ^ "Ewan Dobson : 12 String Guitar". Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  20. ^ "Ewan Dobson : Acoustic Metal II (Drums Version)". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  21. ^ "Ewan Dobson : Insomniamania". Retrieved 2016-01-22.

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