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George Monbiot & Ewan McLennan -Breaking The Spell of Loneliness

About a year ago, author and journalist George Monbiot wrote an article for The Guardian on the personal and social effects of loneliness that quickly went viral. His first inclination, to write a book on the subject, soon gave way to the idea that the topic might be better conveyed through song. So he approached folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan.

They began to send back and forth narrative sketches that touched on the themes and stories behind loneliness and social isolation, the politics that underpin it and the ways people and communities overcome it. From these sketches Ewan began to craft lyrics, melodies and finally, as the end goal, songs.

The project, now entitled Breaking The Spell of Loneliness, sees Ewan arranging and recording an album of original songs that have grown out of the initial sketches, released this Autumn.

To coincide with the release of the album George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan come to Music Room to perform one of a limited number of live dates.

Singing a cappella and accompanying himself on guitar and banjo, Ewan performs the songs from the album interspersed with George's depiction of the human stories behind the songs and discussion of the broader subject.

Expect a unique interplay of songs and stories both poignant and rousing.

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