Short-Form Bio

Instrumental guitarist Ewan Dobson originally from Toronto, Ontario currently resides in New Brunswick. Having started his career by winning the 2009 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition where the prize was to record an album with Candyrat Records. As of late 2021, he has released a total of 17 albums. One of the highlights of his path was being a featured guest on two of Marty Friedman’s (ex-Megadeth) solo records. The video that put him in the Youtube limelight was “Time 2” released through Candyrat records, amassing over 31 million hits to date. The styles he has represented are video game inspired fingerstyle guitar, acoustic metal, and renditions of the legendary Italian violinist Niccolo Paganini on steel string guitar. Dobson has toured Europe, Canada, USA and China multiple times. These days he resides next to the woods creating music as well as feeding a variety of wild birds by hand. Recently, Ewan published a video documenting what may be a record for most species of bird to land on a human hand, 25 species in total.

Longer Bio (1996-2021)

Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s accomplished guitar artists, having won many guitar competitions across the country. His list of credentials include winning the Grand Prizes from both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival, after having competed against the top prize winners of all of the other disciplines. In addition to the provincial competition circuit, Dobson has made his mark nationally having represented Ontario twice at the National Finals of the prestigious Canadian Music Competitions (CMC) and having been awarded the top prize. In the summer of 2009, Dobson won the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly after this, he captured another first prize in the acoustic category at the 4th Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. Also, during this season he took 3rd place at the 38th International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield, Kansas.

In addition to his classical guitar competition history, Dobson has performed at many prestigious venues across Ontario including Hammerson Hall in Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre, the George Weston Recital Hall in the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and his recital debut in the Royal Bank Theatre of the Living Arts Centre under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga to name but a few. A versatile artist, he has been featured on many television programs on Rogers and CityTV and was in the top 10 on CKXU 88.3 FM Lethbridge, AB. Corporate functions that he has performed at include the National Tourette’s Syndrome Conference and a Magnotta Winery fundraiser in support of Lymes Disease.

Past engagements included a concert in the inaugural season of the Lebovic Centre for the Performing Arts where he was featured performing his own compositions. In October of 2009 Ewan recorded his debut album with the acclaimed American label “Candyrat Records.” The prize for winning the 2009 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Kingston, Ontario was a recording contract with Candyrat Records along with a new Stonebridge acoustic guitar. The well reception of the first album led the record company to ask him to record another disc for them.

The development of Ewan Dobson into the artist that he is today has been an eclectic journey. After beginning with his first electric guitar playing heavy metal and hard rock music to the structured discipline of his classical training, Dobson has expanded his repertoire to include Bluegrass, Metal, Canadian folk, Techno, Trance, Video Game and Contemporary Fingerstyle music. The culmination of all of these diverse influences has fueled his creativity to compose his own unique brand of music and resulted in creating the unique artist that he is today.

Ewan performed at the 2010 Montreal Jazz Festival alongside Gareth Pearson, Craig D’Andrea and Don Ross. He also demonstrated guitars at the 2010 Montreal Guitar Show. In September and October 2010 Ewan toured with fellow guitarist Antoine Dufour for his first Canadian tour that featured performance dates with Don Ross. This eastern tour brought Ewan to several cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown, New Glasgow, and others. In April and May of 2011 Ewan toured the USA with Candyrat label-mates Craig D’Andrea, Gareth Pearson, Stefano Barone and Pete Ciluzzi. The tour consisted of over 30 shows from the Eastern to Western United States.

Time 2 from his second album became his most successful song. It became a viral video hit on the internet acquiring millions of views. The video has been specially featured on numerous media websites across the internet (,, to name but a few). The song reached #1 on the iTunes charts in Finland, Germany and Sweden. It also reached #2 in Austria, #3 in Japan and the Netherlands, #4 in New Zealand and #5 in Denmark.

After racking up 10 million YouTube views in 2011, Ewan Dobson released his third CD in January 2012. In the early spring of 2012 Ewan Dobson embarked on a second tour of the USA with labelmates Ryan Spendlove, Gareth Pearson, Craig D’Andrea and Matthew Santos. Immediately following this was his debut tour of England with Jimmy Wahlsteen, Antoine Dufour and Adam Palma. Some audience members traveled from as far as the Netherlands, Germany and Norway to see Ewan’s performances. As of September 2012, Dobson has had 10 songs appear on the iTunes charts amounting to over 1000 total chart appearances.

In late 2012 Dobson collaborated over the internet with a drummer in Slovenia by the name of Zack Bevelacqua. The result was a double album entitled “Acoustic Metal.” CD 1 contains fifteen songs of pure heavy acoustic guitar and drums including a rocking version of the Halloween movie theme and two covers of songs by the Swedish melodic metal band In Flames. This album is a home studio recording and was the heaviest yet in Ewan’s discography. It features multi-tracked acoustic flat-pick guitar as well as some fingerstyle work. CD 2 has all of the material from CD 1 minus the drum tracks so the listener can enjoy the guitar work on its own if they wish. CD 2 also contains seven extra instrumental songs including a fingerstyle cover of Jason Becker’s “Higher,” a Star Wars medley, a heavy acoustic version of “What Is Love” by Haddaway, Megaman 2’s Dr Wily Stage for fingerstyle guitar and a song based on the theme from Nightmare on Elm Street. Ewan Dobson’s “Acoustic Metal” double album is available through Candyrat Records.

Immediately after recording the “Acoustic Metal” album Ewan produced an album of traditional music featuring pieces from Finland, Latvia, Norway, Bulgaria, Sweden, Italy, Romania, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Serbia, Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, Macedonia and the USA. This album of traditional music entitled “World Candies” also featured a piece by Niccolo Paganini and three original compositions. “World Candies” is an independent digital-only release. In the summer of 2013, Ewan did a tour of 6 Guitar Centers in the USA to give guitar clinics and performances. It was an opportunity for listeners to ask questions and learn about Dobson’s techniques and music.

Then, in the fall of 2013 was invited to give performances for “Fingerstyle China.” There were performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuxi. From Shanghai, Ewan left for Tokyo, Japan to give four performances which concluded his journey to the East. While in Tokyo, Dobson met up with Marty Friedman. Ewan had recorded the acoustic guitar parts written by Jason Becker and Marty Friedman for the song “Horrors” that appeared on Marty Friedman’s album “Inferno.” Marty Friedman, the renowned and legendary electric guitarist offered Dobson the opportunity to play the acoustic parts that both He and Jason had written for their first collaboration since playing together in the band “Cacophony.”

In early 2014, Ewan embarked on his first major tour of Europe. The “European Acoustic Metal Tour” consisted of 38 shows in 43 days covering Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary. Immediately following this tour, Ewan recorded two albums back to back; “Acoustic Metal II” and “12-String Guitar.”

The album “12-String Guitar” contains four new fingerstyle songs as well as re-recordings of some of his previous songs on the 12 string guitar including a duet (multi-tracked) version of the “Time 2.” The extra strings give a new flavour to his already existing works that are normally played on a standard 6 string guitar.

After the first tour of Europe and releasing two albums back to back, there were a few notable moments to finish off 2014. These included, opening a show for guitarist Albert Lee, returning to China and Japan for a second tour, and sharing the stage as a support act for the metal band “Battlecross.” Dobson was also invited as a musical guest to perform at the Gamescom gaming convention in Cologne, Germany. This was the first time an instrumental guitarist had been selected by the convention to perform in its history.

In 2015, Dobson embarked on the “North American Acoustic Metal Tour” giving over 40 performances across Canada and the USA spanning from February 20th to June 5th. After the intense three month tour, a short break was in order before Ewan's debut performance at the Vancouver Island Music Fest 2015 in July.

Ewan relocated to St. John's, Newfoundland in August of 2015 and shortly after went on a 2 month tour of Europe and China called the “MAXMIMUM Guitar Tour.” There were a total of 48 performances in 13 countries. After returning from the MAXIMUM Guitar tour of Europe, Ewan completed recording the already half finished album “Insomnimania.” His 12th release features a variety of styles as well as two tracks featuring a friend of his, Daniel Jerome Voth, on synth. The album has 19 songs including a demo version of a song already on the album recorded a year earlier. One song in particular shows expansion of style as Ewan integrates some Bhangra music into his acoustic metal style. Shortly after this, Ewan recorded "The Pit of the Despair and the Joy of the Trampoline," "Signor Paganini and Friends," and "More Paganini and Friends."

Ewan moved to New Brunswick in 2018 and shortly after began to demonstrate a "way with the birds." From mid-2018 through mid-2020 he successfully hand-fed 22 different species of birds by hand in his front yard. All of these moments were documented and compiled into a 7 hour video called, "Birds I've Known 2018-2020" which is available on his Youtube channel. His most recent album is called "Little Angels" and is dedicated to the beauty of the birds that visited. During the 2020 end times fiasco, Ewan made front page headlines in the "Daily Gleaner," the main newspaper for the city of Fredericton after a news reporter became aware of his success hand-feeding over 20 species of birds by hand. He also released a PDF book that tells the story of his passionate pursuit of hand-feeding birds also of the same title as the video, "Birds I've Known 2018-2020." Later, in 2020 he joined the artists' roster at Godin Guitars, endorsing all of the Grand Concert models of the Multiac Nylon Duet Ambiance line.

In 2021, Ewan released his 17th album, "Tribunal of Penance." In addition, a video documenting 25 different species of wild bird landing on his hand.


Guitar (Independent) 2007

The Red Army Love Potion (Independent) 2008

Healthy Obsession (Independent) 2009

Ewan Dobson I (Candyrat Records) 2009

Ewan Dobson II (Candyrat Records) 2010

Ewan Dobson III (Candyrat Records) 2012

World Candies (Independent) 2012

Acoustic Metal (Candyrat Records) 2013

Acoustic Metal II (Independent) 2014

12 String Guitar (Independent) 2014

Acoustic Metal II – Drums Version (Independent) 2015

Insomnimania (Independent) 2016

The Pit of Despair and the Joy of the Trampoline (Independent) 2016

Signor Paganini and Friends (Independent) 2016

More Paganini and Friends (Independent) 2017

Little Angels (Independent) 2019

Tribunal of Penance (Independent) 2021

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