Ewan Dobson With Special Guest Gregg Prickett

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As a classical guitarist, Ewan Dobson won numerous awards such as the Grand Prizes of both the Burlington Rotary Fall Music Festival and the Pickering Rotary Music Festival (1996 and 1998) as well as the D'addario Scholarship from the Kiwanis Music Festival which is given to the top classical guitarist in the competition.

As a fingerstyle guitarist, Ewan placed first at the 5th Annual Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in 2009. Two months after this he competed in the 38th Annual International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in Winfield, Kansas and placed third. He subsequently placed first in the Acoustic Category of the 4th Annual Montreal Guitar Grand Prix.

He was initially drawn to the shred metal guitar of Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Megadeth, before discovering Niccolò Paganini and exploring classical music of the Romantic period. He then expanded his interests to include bluegrass music after hearing Leo Kottke, Tony Rice and Joe Maphis.

His original compositions are influenced by video game music which he absorbed while playing NES as a child, and which is similar to the European Melodic Metal that he also enjoys. His style has evolved into a new form commonly referred to as "Acoustic Metal", i.e., music similar to shred metal but played on an acoustic guitar.[5] Other influences include Canadian folk, techno, and trance music.

On the CandyRat YouTube channel, at least eleven videos of Ewan playing his original compositions have over one million hits. As of November 2014, the most popular, "Time 2", had over seventeen million hits, surpassed only by two Andy McKee videos. "Time 2" topped iTunes charts around the world, hitting number one in Finland, Germany and Sweden.
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