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"VENUES"

Venues Boston to San Diego, from D.C. to the U.K.

Just some of the venues Siobhán Quinn and/or Michael Bowers have performed separately or together: Boston Folk Festival, Caffe Lena, Alexandria First Night, Swannanoa Gathering, Circle of
Friends, Guthrie Center, Good Folk Coffeehouse, Carriage Barn at Waveny Park, Concerts at the Crossing, Eddie's Attic, Fast Folk Café, Acoustic Brew Coffeehouse, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase, Official International Folk Alliance Performance Alley 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 Guitars Showcase, Fiddle & Bow, Front Porch Music, Urban Campfires, Uncle Calvin's, Bosque House Concerts, Summersongs, Empire State Plaza, NYS 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 folk & electric blues stages, Takoma Park Folk Festival, NYS Egg Theatre, Night Eagle Coffeehouse, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Siobhan & Michael have also performed at many other coffeehouses, libraries, Unitarian chuches, arts centers, performance halls, colleges and universities, conferences, and workshops etc.

- SQMB


"RADIO"


Radio Alaska to Florida, Boston to Belgium! Just some of the stations on which their voices have been heard separately or together: Fifty-one percent (WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's National Productions for public & community radio, certain ABC Radio Network stations, and Armed Forces Radio stations around the world), Midnight Special (syndicated), WYSO, WYEP, WYCE, WXPN, WVPE, WUTC, WUMB, WUKY, KSFR, KZSC, KVNF, KUWR, KUNC, KTAO, KSUT, KSMF, KRVM, KRCL, KOTR, KNBA, KFAN, KFAI, KEOS,
KCRW, KBAC, KAXE, KMCQ, KXCI, KANU, KPFK, WTRI, WTMD, WTBQ, WSPN, Acousticafe, Acoustic Accents (Syndicated), World Café (syndicated) , New Hampshire Public Radio , WRVG, WRSI, WRPI, WRNR, WNKU, WNCW, WNCS, WDOT, The Point, WMWV, WMUA, WUMC, CITR, WFER, WKSD, WMUC, WAER, WCVF, WDBX, WDCB, WETA, WFCF, WFIT, WFMT, WIUP, WNUR, WORT, WPRB, WPSU, WRFG, WTSR, WVUD, WMNF, WMKY, WMFO, WKZE, WKSU, WJFF, WHUS, WGWG, WGLB Metro Milwaukee, WGCS, WFUV, WFNB, WFHB, WFCR, WEYL, WERU, XM Radio (via “Midnight Specia”) WDIY/WMU, WDET, WBJB, WAPS, WAMU, WAMC, Kansas Public Radio, Radio Paradise, Wyoming Public Radio (Morning Music with Don Woods), Folkscene, Folkalley.com (syndicated), DMX, European Broadcasting Corporation (Euro Radio/Slovene Nat’l Radio), BBC-2 Folk Show with Mike Harding, Lyric-FM (RTE Ireland), Clanrye Radio (Ireland), Highway 61-Italy (Massimo Ferro), Australia Radio (Laurie Nitschke), Belgium Radio (200,000 listeners), etc. - SQMB


"Quotes"

DREAMERS, LOVERS AND OUTLAWS

“This duo does excellent work in concert…(they) knocked the audience over. I’m in line for this one.” - John McLaughlin, The Digital Folk Life, WMUC 88.1 FM Roots & Wings Radio Show

“Songs really sound like they are right out of the American songbook…”
Steve Szymanski, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

The two recently headed into the studio together and emerged with “Dreamers, Lovers and Outlaws”, the duo’s debut cd. The dozen songs stretch from Nanci Griffith’s “Love at the Five and Dime to Pink Floyd’s “On the Turning Away” but it’s the duo’s original material, like the soaring opening ballad, “Let it Come” that dominate the disc. - Greg Haymes, Times Union

Bowers writes sophisticated contemporary music that transcends genres...He and Siobhán tend to be very good for one another. She brings him down to earth and becomes his sparkplug inspiration, and he creates music for her voice as if he were crafting a ring setting for his sparkling diamond of a bride. Together, they play out the ageless dance between a man and a woman in the songs. - Donald E Wilcock, The Record


The sound on “Dreamers” ranges from grittier stripped down blues (“Boys will Be Boys”) to more polished contemporary folk--(“Let It Come,” “Valentino’s Ghost”) backed by a full band that could very well even appeal to some fans of New Age. There’s also Bowers’ read on the nostalgic Nanci Griffith Song “Love at The Five and Dime”and Quinn’s reinterpretation of the haunting Pink Floyd track “On the Turning Away.” - Philip Schwartz The Daily Gazette


“Yodeling in Harmony, now THAT takes balls” -David Olney

SIOBHÁN
The world is filled with technically great singers who lack soul, and heartfelt singers who lack technique, so it's rare to encounter a vocalist whose ability to express emotion matches her jaw-dropping control. Siobhán Quinn is that rare singer, and she excels at blues, folk, rock and whatever other genre she samples, roaring or gliding through songs with elegance and power. Best Female Vocalist of the year! - Peter Hanson, Metroland Magazine

Overall best performance at the New York State Fleet Blues Festival. Rock power, blues authenticity, ...tight control. - King Biscuit Blues Magazine

MICHAEL
[Angel On My Shoulder is ] A great record--Michael has a very special and expressive voice, meaningful lyrics, and an oh so wonderful way of guitar playing. Every song is strong enough to be heard or played (on the air). --Ray Pieters, Belgium Radio

The 12 songs on this album [Reluctant Believer] are virtually all by Bowers…. a mature writer with something to say. These are good songs conveying meaningful messages. Overall, Bowers can be proud of a solid piece of work. - Victor Heyman, Sing Out! Magazine

Michael's music is worth hearing--and should be heard! - Eddie Owen, Eddie's Attic, Atlanta, GA.




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Discography

Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers: Dreamers Lovers and Outlaws (April 2007), co-produced by Michael Bowers, Tom Prasada Rao & Siobhan Quinn. Top 20 Folk DJ list two consecutive months.

Michael Bowers: Reluctant Believer (2004), produced by Tom Prasada Rao.

Michael Bowers: Angel on My Shoulder (1999), Produced by Fred Curdtz.

Siobhan Quinn: Most Requested (Ltd Touring Ed.2005) Compilation of prior and new recordings. Produced by Siobhan Quinn.

Siobhan Quinn: Boneshaker (2004, EP) traditional & contemporary Celtic & Americana, produced by Boneshaker (UK band).

Siobhan Quinn: Grande Affaire (2003) with Ben Murray, co-produced by Siobhan Quinn & Ben Murray, Scott Petito.

Siobhan Quinn: Two Rivers (1999) with Ben Murray,
Co-Produced by Ben Murray & Siobhan Quinn, Scott Petito.

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Bio

Brimming with compelling songs and seamless harmonies, a performance by Siobhán Quinn and Michael Bowers is as comfortable as hanging out with your best friends and as much fun as backyard fireworks. They don't play it safe and they never create the same show twice. She blows you away with her vocals. He draws you in with his warmth. Together Siobhan and Michael paint dynamic and colorful stories with rich original, contemporary and traditional music. They tour from their home in Alexandria, VA.

The past year has truly been a wild ride for these artists. After the release of “Dreamers, Lovers & Outlaws,” --their first disc together-- Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers were immediately awarded spots at the prestigious 2007 Kerrville New Folk Competition and 2007 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase, along with multiple regional, national and international main stage showcases. They will complete their first duo tour in Ireland in 2008. One audience member recently approached them saying “how on earth did you write MY song ...not once: but again, and again?!?”

Simply put: Michael and Siobhan sing and create songs with an intimacy and universality that truly resonate with persons of all experiences in life. [ resonate with the listener's head, heart, hips and feet]

Like their performances, their recording—among the top plays on FolkDJ from May to July 2007-- is filled with gracious and gritty stories and observations of the human experience. Co-producer Tom Prasada Rao lends his musical chops throughout. Listen, too, for Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel/ Indigo Girls etc), David LaMotte, Chris Rosser, Charlie Pilzer, and Steve Symanski. Roman Klun, who has mixed for Sarah McLachlan and others, mixed the disc in the spring of 2007 and his work is among the many jewels founds in this recording. Both Michael and Siobhan have excellent individual reputations earned from five collective recordings, national touring and radio play reaching international levels prior to their partnership.

Siobhán Quinn (pronounced shhh-vawn) is originally from Berkeley, California, & upstate New York, and was born of immigrant parents. With a voice of powerful texture and variety, some to refer to her as a “pyrotechnic folk & blues diva.” She can rip into exuberant blues, bring tears to your eyes with a soulful ballad, or bring an audience to complete stillness with a centuries old folk song. Siobhan's English and Irish family experience comes out in her songwriting, along with that occasional twist into the Chicago & Louisiana blues roots she loves so much.

When he witnessed history in the making as a young boy in Selma, Alabama, Michael Bowers learned that his most prized possessions were not in boxes or on paper, but in his mind and his voice. He's known for his strong, sophisticated lyrics as well as cut-to-the-chase songs. The lessons of his storied southern roots sometimes surface in live performance and his lyrics range from the heartfelt to humorous. To add even more spice to his vocals and guitar, Michael often uses resonator and high-strung guitars to create different approaches amidst of the duo’s material.

In addition to touring and writing, they are both arts education teachers: Michael's unique perspective on songwriting and the music business as well as Siobhan's expertise in grant writing, arts administration, and her master vocal class “The Flexible Voice,” are draws at esteemed music workshops and retreats throughout the U.S.

QUOTES:
Dreamers,Lovers and Outlaws

The two recently headed into the studio together and emerged with “Dreamers, Lovers and Outlaws”, the duo’s debut cd. The dozen songs stretch from Nanci Griffith’s “Love at the Five and Dime to Pink Floyd’s “On the Turning Away” but it’s the duo’s original material, like the soaring opening ballad, “Let it Come” that dominate the disc. - Greg Haymes, Times Union

Bowers writes sophisticated contemporary music that transcends genres...He and Siobhán tend to be very good for one another. She brings him down to earth and becomes his sparkplug inspiration, and he creates music for her voice as if he were crafting a ring setting for his sparkling diamond of a bride. Together, they play out the ageless dance between a man and a woman in the songs. - Donald E Wilcock, The Record

The sound on “Dreamers” ranges from grittier stripped down blues (“Boys will Be Boys”) to more polished contemporary folk--(“Let It Come,” “Valentino’s Ghost”) backed by a full band that could very well even appeal to some fans of New Age. There’s also Bowers’ read on the nostalgic Nanci Griffith Song “Love at The Five and Dime”and Quinn’s reinterpretation of the haunting Pink Floyd track “On the Turning Away.” - Philip Schwartz The Daily Gazette


“Yodeling in Harmony, now THAT takes balls” -David Olney

SIOBHÁN
The world is filled with technically great singers who lack soul, and heartfelt singers who lack technique, so it's rare to