Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers
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DREAMERS,LOVERS & OUTLAWS, release date April 2007
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.

Prepare for a musical journey with dreamers, lovers, and outlaws. Then click over on the Sample Clips and Lyrics button to hear some early rough mix clips from a few of the songs on "Dreamers, Lovers and Outlaws".

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.

BONESHAKER, EP 2004
1. Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time/ Kesh/ Kilfenora
2. Eiblin Arun
3. Shetland Reels set: Da Tushkar/Miss Susan Cooper/ Mill Brae
4. Who Knows Where the Time Goes

The Grande Affaire: Limited Edition 10th Anniversary ALL ACCESS PASS (with Ben Murray) 2004
1. Walking In Jericho
2. Grapefruit Moon
3. Isn't That So
4. Feels Like Rain
5. Grande Affaire
6. I Walk The Streets
7. The Trial
8. Lagan Love
9. St Mary of Regret
10. Colchester
11. Emotionally Yours

TWO RIVERS (with Ben Murray), 1999
1. Act of Nature
2. Geronimo's Cadillac
3. The Richest One
4. Early Morning Rain
5. Oh My Donald
6. Into The Mystic
7. Here On Earth
8. Diner
9. Frog Stew
10. It's Raining
11. My Last Meal
12. Sampson & Delilah

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"She sings, and I surrender." Those words sum up the experience of listening to Siobhan Quinn deliver a song. She can blow your hair back with blues, enchant you with a song in Irish (Gaelic), and make your heart hope or feel longing with a sensitive ballad. She's toured throughout the U.S. and the U.K., had airplay on more stations than can be listed here, and is widely sought after as a vocal teacher.

Boston Folk Festival Finalist, WAMMIE award winner, vocal teacher and coach at Kerrville Folk Festival, Swannanoa Gathering, Summersongs, and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Siobhan Quinn is a force and a talent that cannot be ignored.

Michael Bowers is known for his songwriting, and his way of delivering the words he writes. He'll tease you, flirt, touch you, and take you into the lives of the characters he writes about--even if the characters end up being you, or himself. He will, alternately, make you laugh, make you cry, get you all excited, and leave you hopeful.

A 2005 Kerrville New Folk / 2006 South Florida Folk Finalist, Bowers delivers the songwriting goods. He's received significant radio airplay in Europe and Australia, as well as across the U.S., and toured nationally as a solo artist prior to joining with (and marrying) Quinn.

Combined, Siobhan and Michael produce rich original and traditional music with strong harmony laden vocals over acoustic & National Steel & high strung Sting guitars. They'll entertain you, and call you to look at the world, and yourself, in a new and bigger way. That's what good music should do for all of us, and that's what they do best.

Siobhán Quinn is an outstanding vocalist who has been performing music all her life and professionally for more than 20 years. She can be described as a singer with a diva voice without the diva attitude and is an active singer-songwriter and interpreter of both contemporary and traditional songs.

Siobhan is particularly known for her biting and soulful electric blues singing as well as her English/Irish/American traditional work and has developed a national and international reputation as an exceptional performing vocalist.

Over the course of her professional singing career Quinn has performed in many styles/genres of music including electric Chicago and New Orleans style blues, singer-songwriter style music, jazz, big band, rock, pop, traditional Americana and “Celtic” vocal music as well as classical, renaissance and art songs, and medieval madrigals in five languages. This vocal work has left her voice supple and soulful. She now chooses to sing almost exclusively in the genres of folk (contemporary and traditional, English, Irish and American), and blues.

Siobhan has been a Boston Folk Festival Finalist and in 2003 she received the honor of being chosen by the New York Capital Region's largest newspaper, the Times Union, to grace its annual Capital Report as the representative of artistic culture of that region. She now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband singer-songwriter Michael Bowers, and continues to tour nationally and internationally. She is a citizen of both the United States and Ireland (US & EC Passport holder).

TOURS
Siobhán tours with husband singer-songwriter Michael Bowers (worldwide), with Ben Murray & Siobhán Quinn (Northeast US), and with her UK band, Boneshaker (US/Europe). From time-to-time she tours a program of western American folksong entitled “Siobhán Quinn Goes West!” with her own all-star Boxcar Orchestra, complete with sound effects and harmonica player Doug Johnson aka Harpo Jenkins.

VENUES
A sampling of just some of the venues at which Siobhán Quinn has performed at, or taught/coached voice: Boston Folk Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival, Alexandria First Night, The Swannanoa Gathering, Circle of Friends, The Guthrie Center, Takoma Park Folk Festival, Good Folk Coffeehouse, The Carriage Barn at Waveny Park, Concerts at the Crossing, Acoustic Brew Coffeehouse, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase, Ploughshares Coffeehouse, Blackrock Center for the Arts, House of Musical Traditions, Moore Music in the House, Vic’s Music Corner, Shenandoah Coffeehouse, Summer NAMM Show/Winter NAMM, Taylor Showcase, Fiddle & Bow, Front Porch Music, Urban Campfires, Uncle Calvin’s, Caffe Lena, Empire State Plaza, Fleet Blues Festival, Fenimore Cooper Museum, Glens Falls Blues Festival, Gotta Get Gone Folk Festival, Mountain Culture Festival, Old Songs Festival, Riverfront Arts Festival traditional & blues stages, The Egg Theatre, The Night Eagle, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and many other coffeehouses, arts centers, colleges and community concert series.

RADIO PLAY
A sampling of some of the stations on which Siobhán Quinn’s voice has been heard: WYSO, WYEP, WYCE, WXPN, WVPE 88.1 FM, WUTC- 88.1 FM, WUMB- FM 91.9 FM, WUKY, WTRI, WTMD, WTBQ, WSPN, WRVG-FM 89.9 FM, WRSI, WRPI-FM 91.5 FM, WRNR-FM 103.1,WORLD Café, WNKU, WNCW-FM 88.7,WNC