Well-travelled Lewis back home

Published: 21 Jan 2010 06:000 comments

SHOPPERS in Musselburgh had their heads turned on Monday as ta colourful travelling musician Leather Monk arrived in town.

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Leather Monk, aka 36-year-old Lewis Cowan, was in the Honest Toun being filmed for a 20 minute documentary on his life, work and music.

Lewis, who describes himself as an artist/craftsman/musician and part-time gardener, has been playing his prized ukelele for four years and has amassed over 50 songs. He travelled to China and Borneo last year and performed for many villages dressed in his trademark tartan outfit.

He attended Campie Primary and Musselburgh Grammar, and on Monday afternoon was being filmed by Spanish Jewel and Esk Valley College student Marcio Curriea.

Lewis, from Old Craighall, said: "I've been working and travelling around the world for many years now and I'm looking to get some gigs and exhibitions closer to home.

Originally I'm a drummer but picked up the ukelele about four years ago.

"It's a lot easier making decisions when it's just you in the band. I'm also a craftsman, painter and sculptor and I make my art from natural materials and things I find while I'm gardening.

"I've got some of my art for sale in some Edinburgh craft and ethnic shops and I also like to make baskets and do woodcarvings.

"I prefer to play my music in small, local places because the audience there are much more appreciative."

Leather Monk's work and music can be accessed at his Myspace and Youtube sites, and he can be contacted for bookings at leathermonk@live.co.uk.

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