184: Ewan Wallace/The Joy of Friendship

Me and Ewan. Photo: Owen

Is there anything better than catching up with an old friend after a long break, and picking up exactly where you left off?

I think not – which is why my latest with Ewan Wallace is a paean to the joys of close friendship. 

Ewan is a snowboarder and musician (he’s guitarist with Bonobo and Karmic) who is also one of my oldest and closest friends. I spent the most formative years of my life with Ewan; 15 years snowboarding, travelling, working and playing music together.  But in the last decade we haven’t seen as much of each other as usual, which is why I really cherish our time together on the rare occasions it does come around. 

Ewan by Owen

On this occasion, I was also keen to reflect on our shared experiences with the perspective of time. I’ve been thinking much about the past recently, particularly the successes and failures. As somebody who was alongside me in the creative trenches for so many years, I’ve long been waiting for the chance to compare notes with Ewan on the times we had and the things we experienced. 

Ewan by Owen

The result was the type of nourishing, grounding chat that only a proper old mate can deliver. Ewan’s always been a brilliant conversationalist and he’s led such an interesting life that know this would be a fun one. 

Listen to the episode here:

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Show Notes

Names Mentioned

  • Fina 
  • Chris Moran 
  • Sian Leigh
  • Jonny Barr 
  • Peg 
  • Tom Copsey
  • Alima Barr
  • Marcus Chapman 
  • Johnny Tomlinson 
  • Blaise Pascal 
  • Owen Tozer 
  • Ben Monday 
  • John Denver 
  • Bert Jansch
  • John Renbourne 
  • Phil Young
  • Marco Grilo
  • Jon Boyer 
  • Jussi Oksanen 
  • Simon Green 
  • Russ Porter 
  • Grant Wallace 
  • Matt Avery 
  • Jack Baker 
  • Ben Howard 
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Jason Statham 
  • Alain de Botton 
  • Bob Dylan 
  • James Blackshaw 
  • Duke Ellington 
  • Blake Mills 
  • Bill Frisell 
  • Erin Bailey
  • Critical Jim
  • Peter Kastner 
  • David Contreras 
  • Kyle Tkatch
  • Laura Baruch 
  • Jeremy Sladen
  • Chris Shannon
  • Hamish Duncan 
  • Spencer Claridge
  • Lesley McKenna
  • Euan Baxter
  • Will Becker 
  • Johno Verity
  • Chris Moran
  • James Morland
  • James Stentiford 
  • Neil McNair

Places Mentioned

  • Stanley 
  • Manchester 
  • Aviemore 
  • Iran
  • Swanage 
  • Brighton 
  • New York
  • Utah 
  • USA
  • Mt Hood 
  • Bath 
  • London Paddington 
  • Newquay 
  • Exeter 
  • Royal Albert Hall 
  • Alexandra Palace 
  • Red Rocks 
  • Glastonbury 
  • Sydney Opera House
  • India 
  • New Zealand 
  • The Brighton Centre 
  • California 
  • Portugal 
  • Puglia 
  • Italy 
  • Lisbon 
  • Mirabello 
  • Scotland 
  • Austria 
  • Vienna 
  • Jackson Hole 
  • Big Bear 
  • Croyde 
  • Claviere 
  • Sestriere  
  • Méribel
  • Torino 
  • Milan 
  • Chamonix 
  • Aspen 
  • Iceland 
  • Norway 
  • Lofoten 

Companies, Organisations, Brands Mentioned

  • Snowboard UK 
  • Bonobo 
  • All Conditions Media 
  • Martin Guitars
  • Motorola 
  • Whitelines 
  • Glastonbury Festival 
  • Instagram 
  • Whole Foods 
  • Google 
  • Burton 

Films, Books and Music Mentioned