“My grade five teacher played the Bushwackers regularly and I fell for the fiddle playing of Louis McManus, Michael Harris and Dan Bourke. Later, sessions at Molly Blooms, Dan O’Connell’s and the Port Fairy Folk Festival led me back to the source of this music. It’s a happy space to be in… I have been playing the violin professionally for 25 years. Most of the work I have done has been inspired by Irish folk music.”
— Ewen Baker
Ewen Baker has been playing the violin professionally for over twenty-five years.
His fiddle playing brings soulfulness to the music. He has performed with Shane Howard, Archie Roach, Mary Black, Steve Pigram, Yirrmal and Declan O’Rourke.
His other credits include the string arrangement for APRA award winning title track of The Secret River, written by Shane Howard and Archie Roach, and Music Director and performer for Exile, Songs and Tales of Irish Australia.
Ewen’s recent album of traditional Celtic tunes features duets with some of Australia’s finest tune backers, each having been an important influence in his life as a musician. On 'The Inch Before the Saw' Ewen was joined by Jim Green, John Hudson, Shane Howard, Patrick Evans, Dan West, Tommy Carty, Jim Moginie, Peter Daffy and Jeremy Dunlop.