Liz Bowater

Liz Bowater


"Brave New Folk"


Liz Bowater is one of Cincinnati, Ohio's resident songwriters. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Bowater re-located to Cincinnati in the summer of 2005 and is now supported by the songwriters' cooperative Blue Jordan Records, which hosts other local artists such as David Wolfenberger, Janet Pressley and Brandon Dawson.

Bowater describes her music as "brave new folk." Her songs are bold and confessional, offerings made without apology and without pretense. Her voice has been described as "magnetic" and the melodies as "sparklingly sublime." Her voice and words together make the "overall package seem even more conversational and insular. (City Beat, January 2006)."

Throughout the length of her career, Bowater's music has taken on many forms. What began as a solo endeavor is now a collaboration with other Cincinnati musicians. Liz still occasionally appears alone, but is often accompanied by pianist Sharon Udoh of Lines & Spaces.

Her career as a songwriter has produced three EPs and a full-lenth album. After taking a brief hiatus to focus on a new marriage and then a baby boy, Bowater is in the midst of a new recording project. Made possible by a Rivertown Music Club recording grant, the new album will be backed by Udoh and supported by various other Blue Jordan artists.


Rosie and Her True Love

Written By: Liz Bowater

(c)2005 Bowater Music

By the back door, where they said "goodbye" last,
Rosie takes her coat off and brushes off the snow.
Thirty days now, counted by the sunsets,
Thirty days since he left, three till he comes home.

When he comes home, she will wear her hair down
With a flower tucked behind her ear.
When he comes home, she will take his coat
And warm his hands with hers
And put the kettle on just like he never left.

At a train stop somewhere in the South,
He sees a map and knows he's a thousand miles from home.
He buys a postcard, a picture of the ocean
And writes it: "To my true love, it's not the same without you."

When he comes home, he will bring her flowers.
The wild ones that will match her eyes.
When he comes home, he will kiss her forehead
And hold his face to hers
And tell her she's more beautiful that she was when he left.

In three days when Rosie knows he's coming,
She will start a fire and fall asleep beside it.
By the back porch, where she took her boots off,
She will leave a light on with a note that says,
"Wake me up when you arrive."


September 2005- Last Confession EP
June 2004- June EP
August 2003- Still Here
Spring 2002- Despite the Rain EP

Set List

A solid set of originals would average 45-60 minutes.

My cover song repetoire consists of select songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Over the Rhine, and a few others.