Peter Michael Rowan

Peter Michael Rowan

 Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR
BandFolkAcoustic

Peter Michael Rowan is a solo folk'n'acoustic singer, honoured to have been mentioned favourably in the same breath as Cat Stevens, Tom Paxton and Harry Chapin.

Biography

PMR spent his early years listening to English & Celtic folk music and Deep Purple!! His singing and playing rolls back to anti-Dylan tunefulness - Tom Paxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon. These days he'd rather hear Heather Nova than Norah Jones, and Dave Matthews than David Gray.

His long career includes sharing the stage with Darts, Silly Wizard, Glenn Tilbrook and Donnie Munro. His live and recording work has seen him alongside:
Martyn Campbell (Lightning Seeds)
Karine Polwart (Malinky, Macalias)
Rob Peters (Everything But The Girl)
Chris Rainbow (Camel, Alan Parsons Project)
Andy Stennett (Manfred Mann, Neneh Cherry, Yazz)
Runrig (on their Top 30 album ‘In Search Of Angels’).

In addition to performing he runs recording, management and royalties company RBL Music and Scottish acoustic promoter Acoustic Underground.

'Reportedly playing the fiddle before he was even born, Peter Michael Rowan has many connections with top-class musicians - Gus Dudgeon (RIP) (producer of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' and Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind') once bought him a cup of coffee, Celine Dion's stage builders didn't walk out of a pub he was singing in, a mate of his lived next door to Aly Bain, his reverb unit was once used by Silly Wizard, his loudspeakers are the same type that Jimi Hendrix had at the Isle Of Wight Festival, the Duchess of York buys his brother-in-law's paintings (OK, she's not a musician, but she is famous). It's just non-stop stars in his life.'

Live and studio work – a selection

Live

Albert Halls, Stirling – supporting Donnie Munro
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes – supporting Donnie Munro
Bitter End, New York + HT
Caird Hall, Dundee + HT – supporting Donnie Munro
Café Royal Fringe Theatre, Edinburgh + ‘Bite Me’
Café Royal Fringe Theatre, Edinburgh with Karine Polwart
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness + HT – supporting Donnie Munro
Edinburgh Fringe Sunday Main Stage, Edinburgh + HT
Gaiety Theatre, Ayr + HT – supporting Donnie Munro
Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – T-Breaks + HT
Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – + HT (supporting Glenn Tilbrook - Squeeze)
Mean Fiddler, London +HT
Pasadena Arts Fair + HT
Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh – supporting Carol Laula
Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh + HT
Portree Community Centre, Skye + HT – supporting Donnie Munro
Ross Bandstand, Edinburgh + HT
T in the Park + HT

Recording

Runrig – album backing vocals (In Search Of Angels)

Radio & TV

BBC Radio Scotland Live at The Lemon Tree + HT (alongside Martyn Bennett)
BBC Radio Scotland The Usual Suspects + HT
BBC Radio Scotland Celtic Connections + HT (x2)
BBC Radio Scotland Celtic Connections + Steve Roberts & Martyn Campbell
Grampian TV - Northern Nights + HT
Lanarkshire TV – Live@Six

note: ‘+ HT’ denotes appearances with Holly Tomás / Holly Tomás Band

Lyrics

Crazy Fire

Written By: Holly Tomas

CRAZY FIRE
© Holly Tomas

What is this that you’re doing to me
Do you know how hard I’ve tried
Never to feel that crazy fire
Never to let it burn

And I thought that I had felt every feeling there was to feel
Thought that I knew every corner of my heart
Thought that I could keep this deep down inside myself
Want you to want me, love me, need me

I am fighting this confusion inside
Love you for it, hate you for it, I’m losing my mind
Can’t help but feel that crazy fire
Can’t help but let it burn

And I thought that I had felt every feeling there was to feel
Thought that I knew every corner of my heart
Thought that I could keep this deep down inside myself
Want you to want me, love me, need me

And I’m mad from wanting you, crazy to think that I could ever have you
Mad from wanting you so much

What is this that you’re doing to me
Do you know how hard I’ve tried
Never to feel that crazy fire
Never to let it burn

And I thought that I had felt every feeling there was to feel
Thought that I knew every corner of my heart
Thought that I could keep this deep down inside myself
Want you to want me, love me, need me

Discography

First CD: NowHere (RBL7, 2004). You can also find him on Holly Tomas' CDs 'Tantrum Child' (RBL4, 1997) and 'Epiphany' (RBL6, 1999) and snuck into one track on Runrig's 'In Search Of Angels' (Ridge RR010, 1999).

Set List

Typical PMR set list:

The Pie (Sutherland Bros & Quiver)
Sutters Mill (Dan Fogelberg)
Crazy Fire (Holly Tomas)
Moment Of Grace (David Zink)
The Coachman (PMR)
All Just Talk (Clive Gregson)
Right Now (PMR / Tina Haddon)
Eve (Ralph Hodgson)
Hidden Love (Peter Case)
Late On Lady Day (Johnny Coppin)
Just Wanna Hold You (PMR)
Chasing The Dragon (PMR)

He can play 10 minutes or 100 minutes. With popular acoustic rock covers and traditional folk, he can play 1000 minutes!