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WOJB presents Hall Of Fame autoharpist Bryan Bowers at The Park January 10th
"Bowers is widely regarded as the leading virtuoso on the autoharp...he also has distinct gifts as a singer and songwriter.
"...Positively celestial...completely unforced, a phenomenon unlike anything I've seen..."
-NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS
"Bryan Bowers is the kind of performer about whom people get that glint in their eyes and say, `Hey, have you heard about Bryan Bowers?'"
-WASHINGTON STAR NEWS
Community radio station WOJB-FM presents Hall of Fame autoharpist, singer-songwriter and storyteller Bryan Bowers 7:30pm Saturday, January 10 at The Park, 15791 U.S. Highway 63, Hayward WI. He'll be accompanied by local artists, Tom Draughon & Laura Berlage. Tickets are $15 in advance, available online here or at 715-634-2100. Admission is $20 at the door.
Originally a Virginia native, Bowers got his start in the late 60s as a street musician in Seattle. Once he had polished his technique, he headed east in a 1966 Chevy panel truck he affectionately called "Old Yeller."
"The Dillards heard me in DC when I went to the Cellar Door," recalls Bowers. "I introduced myself and played the `Battle Hymn Of The Republic' to show them how the harp worked. Sam Bush, Curtis Burch and Courtney Johnson of the New Grass Revival were there. I didn't realize how presumptuous I was being.”
“The Dillards took me to a bluegrass festival at Berryville, Virginia and when they got an encore, they put me out there for their second encore, saying `Here's a guy you ought to hear.' The bluegrass community has been real supportive."
Bowers has since become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. His creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats along side other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor.
In 1993, Bowers was the first living member inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Mother Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow and Sara Carter. More information on Bryan Bowers can be found at http://www.bryanbowers.com.
Draughon and Berlage have been performing together since 2001 and released their first recording in 2006. Specializing in creative arrangements of old folk ballads and Renaissance lute songs, their instruments include Celtic Harp, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitars, Lute, Fiddle, Irish Whistle and Bodhran. Find out more at http://www.heartistrymusic.com.
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