Bryan Bowers in Concert

What: Danby Community Council Concert
When: Sunday, March 13, 2005
Where: Town Hall,
Danby, NY
How Much: Free!

Bryan Bowers
Bryan Bowers

As part of the concert series sponsored by the Danby Community Council, renowned folk musician Bryan Bowers will be giving a performance on Sunday, 13 March, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Danby Town Hall (Rte. 96B South). Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

Bryan Bowers is recognized as a matchless virtuoso on the autoharp, a powerful songwriter, and an honest, spell-binding performer with a great sense of humor. From rural Virginia, where he grew up on traditional ballads and call-and-response songs learned from field hands and gandy dancers, to his current home in the Pacific Northwest, with many points in between, his has been a full life, rich in music and experience.

A Washington Times critic wrote of Bryan Bowers: "This man makes more music from an autoharp than you can imagine from a 12-string guitar and a harpsichord combined." Performing a mix of historical and new songs and tunes, he can coax a full range of emotions from his instrument: celestial, angry, wistful, hearty. No other autoharp player can rival his mastery. Yet, "what radiates from the instrument under his touch is not flash, but warmth and brilliance. You get a good feeling from being a member of Bryan Bowers' audience ...that comes from watching someone do just what he needs to do and doing it well for all the right reasons" (Philadelphia Folk Song Society).

On the basis of his skill and innovation, Bryan Bowers won the "stringed instrument, open" category of Frets magazine's "First Gallery of the Greats" for five years, putting him in league with Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, and Mark O'Connor. In 1993, he was honored to join Maybelle and Sara Carter and Kilby Snow as inductees in the Autoharp Hall of Fame. But you'll find no pretension in this down-to-earth giant (6'4"), who has a gift for connecting with his listeners.

No tickets are required and there is no charge, but a sample of Bryan Bowers' recordings will be available for purchase. This concert series is made possible by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, Decentralization Program, Community Arts Partnership.

(Margaret Shepard)

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