Long-awaited debut CD: Edge of the Earth
Mount Desert, Maine and Mayfield, New Brunswick
A new CD of solo acoustic guitar instrumentals has been released by Down East musician, Bob Bowman. Edge of the Earth’s 17 tracks showcase Bowman’s own compositions and include several traditional Irish and English tunes. The influence of baroque, jazz, and Celtic music, sometimes all at once, is evident in much of Bowman’s original work.
After more than 30 years as a research vessel captain and marine scientist, Bowman returned to music full time in 2009. He quickly created a niche for his melodic fingerstyle guitar instrumentals, playing for guests in upscale pubs and restaurants and picking up dozens of private engagements along the way. He plays over 200 gigs a year, mainly in and around Bar Harbor, Maine and St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Edge of the Earth is his first album.
“Since I started performing again it has been my intent to keep my work very low key and local, playing dinner music, weddings, gallery receptions, that sort of thing,” said Bowman. “It really never occurred to me that audience members would be requesting CDs at every gig. That was a surprise. This winter I set out to produce a live studio recording that captures the sound and feel of what I do every night in performance. That’s what everyone said they wanted. The only thing missing is the dinner conversation and dishes clinking in the background,” he continued.
Edge of the Earth was produced by John Kurgan at his Hungry Goat Recording Studio in Bar Harbor, Maine. Kurgan is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer with a diverse resume. His performing and recording credits include work as a musician and/or producer with several national touring acts and a long association with Sting.
“John had heard me perform live many times. I think he appreciated my simple acoustic presentation of these intricate pieces and he knew how to capture it in the studio. We began recording in early December, 2013. In April I completed all the graphics, liner notes, and Web pages while John was mixing and mastering the final selections. We’ve made an honest record. It sounds just like me. I’m pleased with it,” said Bowman.
Extended album notes for Edge of the Earth, along with purchasing information and Bowman’s performance calendar are available on his website: www.BobBowmanMusic.com. The CD is available at all performances, online at his website, at McKays Public House, House Wine, and The Natural History Center in Bar Harbor, Maine, and at iTunes, Amazon, CD-Baby, and other Internet retailers.
Bob Bowman, solo fingerstyle guitarist, has recorded musical scores for PBS, National Geographic, and several independent filmmakers. Bob and his wife Cate, a teacher, divide their time year-round between a home in New Brunswick, Canada a barely-restored 150-year-old cabin on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Bowman gives more than 200 performances year-round in Maine and New Brunswick.
Along with being a life-long musician, Bob Bowman has been a ferry captain, boatbuilder, marine scientist, and operator of one of the first Atlantic whale watching companies, Maine Whalewatch. For 30 years he led field studies on endangered whales in the US, Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Responding to unsustainable and increasing rates of whale mortality within US and Canadian fisheries Bob devised strategic protocols for large whale emergency response and assessment centered on voluntary, coordinated participation by hundreds of trained commercial fishermen and professional mariners from Florida to Quebec. His specialized tools, satellite tracking buoys, disentanglement training programs, and professional network website set worldwide standards in this highly technical and dangerous field—saving the lives of hundreds of endangered whales. Bob has published in scientific journals and lectured widely, including travels to South Africa and Australia at the invitation of those governments to advise, equip, and train national whale disentanglement teams.