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 early 2020, he has released a total of 16 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 30 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 classical duets and writing new acoustic metal repertoire as well as feeding a variety of wild birds by hand. Recently, Ewan released a 7 hour video chronicling 2 years of feeding 22 different species of wild birds by hand.
Ewan Dobson has established himself as one of Canada’s accomplished guitarists, having won
first prize in many guitar competitions across the country. His impressive list of credentials include
winning the Grand Prizes from both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering
Rotary Music Festival where he emerged victorious, after having competed against the top prize
winners of all of the other disciplines. In addition to dominating 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 guitar. In
the summer of 2009, Dobson was crowned the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion at the
prestigious 5th annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition held in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly
after this victory, he captured another first prize in the acoustic category at the 4th Montreal Guitar
Grand Prix. However, the highlight of this season took place when he caught the attention of the world
by capturing 3rd place at the 38th International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship held in Winfield,
In addition to his hectic 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 highly anticipated 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 Stonebridge acoustic guitar. The success of the
first album led the record company to ask him to record another disc for them.
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
( http://www.reddit.com,http://www.ebaumsworld.com,http://www.collegehumor.com 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.
The development of Ewan Dobson into the artist that he is today has been an eclectic journey to
say the least. After humble beginnings 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 captivating artist that he is today. Endorsed by
Guptill Music in California, Dobson uses their ProPik Fingertone split-wrap finger picks. Ewan
Dobson is a young artist of exceptional technical virtuosity and refined artistry that will enthrall
audiences wherever he performs.
Ewan has 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 hit the road with fellow guitar virtuoso Antoine Dufour
for his first Canadian tour that featured performance dates with the legendary Don Ross. This eastern
tour brought Ewan to several cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Halifax,
Charlottetown, New Glasgow, and more.
In April and May of 2011 Ewan toured the USA with fellow 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.
After racking up 10 million YouTube views in 2011, Ewan Dobson released his third CD in
January 2012 to satisfy what has become a growing army of crazed fans around the world. It was an
album of sixteen new tracks that were all undeniably Ewan Dobson.
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. The
audiences in the UK were enthralled by his performances and demand a return. 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. Having noticed Zack’s superb drumming abilities on his drum cover of “Time 2” on
YouTube Ewan commissioned Zack to write drum tracks for his latest material. 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 by far the heaviest
yet in Ewan’s discography. It features multi-tracked acoustic flat-pick guitar as well as some excellent
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 features a piece by Niccolo Paganini and
three original compositions by Ewan. “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 demonstrating his unique guitar style. It was an opportunity for fans to ask questions
and learn about Dobson’s techniques and music.
Then, in the fall of 2013 he made an appearance in China after being invited to showcase his
abilities for “Fingerstyle China.” There were performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuxi which were
all very well received by the audiences. 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 world renowned and legendary electric guitarist selected Dobson to play the acoustic
parts that both He and Jason had written for their first collaboration since playing together in the band
"Ewan played the parts we had written on ‘Horrors’ so beautifully and with so much expertise and flair
that Jason and I were in awe of his performance" – Marty Friedman
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. The tour was a great success and the fans across Europe were delighted by his performances.
Immediately following this tour, Ewan recorded two albums back to back; “Acoustic Metal II”
and “12-String Guitar.” Acoustic Metal II ups the game from the previous Acoustic Metal I, bringing
with it heavier riffs and more evolved song writing. 14 new tracks guaranteed to captivate those who
appreciate the heavy acoustic guitar and dual guitar harmonies. Acoustic Metal II is played entirely
with a flat-pick and does not contain any fingerstyle guitar unlike Acoustic Metal I. It ranges from
technical acoustic death metal to progressive acoustic metal and what could be described as “videogame
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 hit
song “Time 2.” The extra strings give a new flavour to his already existing works that are normally
played on a standard 6 string guitar. This album was dedicated to Leo Kottke, the American fingerstyle
guitarist who pioneered the aggressive 12 string guitar style and influenced numerous fingerstyle guitar
players around the globe.
After the first tour of Europe and releasing two albums back to back, Ewan had a few notable
moments to finish off 2014. These included, opening a show for legendary 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 of honour 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. Ewan performed at the red carpet event among
others during the convention, where the top names in video game development made their grand
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
monstrously 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 all the styles Ewan is known for as well as featuring a friend of his, Daniel Jerome Voth, on
two tracks adding 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 his "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 visit his hand. During the 2020 pandemic, 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.