MP3 Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers - Dreamers, Lovers, and Outlaws
Pyrotechnic Folk, Acoustic Rock, and Blues, grounded by literate lyrics, and performed by Award Winning Vocalists and Songwriters
12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Folk Rock, BLUES: Acoustic Blues
You want pyrotechnic folk? Like blues? Long for songs that inspire and touch your heart--that offer a different point of view than just the "common wisdom?"
Then you need to hear Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers, and the disc, Dreamers, Lovers, and Outlaws.
The 12 songs on the disc span the range from hopeful desires for peace to hard hitting blues. In between there are songs that introduce you to characters and events that you don''t meet everyday--like Bill Ballou, the 92 year old who dies (not surprising, people do die at that age). But what is surprising is how he dies--in a bar fight, as the instigator.
The album contains 8 original songs, written by Bowers, or co-written by Bowers and Quinn, and 4 covers, including Nanci Griffith''s "Love at the Five and Dime" and Pink Floyd''s "On the Turning Away" performed essentially in an a capella version.
It''s folk--with an attitude. It''s acoustic rock with a traditional foundation. It''s campfire music--but around an urban campfire. It''s blues at its heart with a 21st century sound. However you classify or categorize it, it''s good.
Quinn is a 2006 WAMMIE winner (Washington Area Music Association Awards) for Traditional Folk Vocalist, and Boston Folk Festival Finalist for songwriting. She can sing in Irish, and belt the blues.
Bowers is a 2005 Kerrville New Folk Finalist/ 2006 South Florida Folk Finalist, and known for his songs that literally paint stories...they''ve even been called "folk operas."
With these credentials, they obviously share talent, but from the geography (Boston vs. Kerrville, Texas), it''s clear they bring different influences to their work. Meld them, and you get rich original and traditional music with strong harmony laden vocals over acoustic, National Steel & high strung guitars.