Bowes Brothers to Appear Friday- Opening Afternoon!
Truly a ‘Band of Brothers’, Ed, Rod, John and Andy stay true to their roots. There were born, raised and still live near their hometown of Carleton Place, Ontario, where they share the stage with their dad, Clarence. Many of their songs are written by eldest brother, Ed, while they all take their turn on lead vocals. Singing in four-part harmony, with influence from some of country music’s greats, gives the Bowes Brothers the edge that makes them one of Ottawa Valley’s favourite bands. Add to that, a little yodelling from youngest brother Andy, and a performance packed with energy and humour and you get the Bowes Brothers.
In only a very few, short years, the Bowes Brothers have earned a spot on the stage with some of the best names in country music. Names like Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Major, George Canyon, Paul Brandt, Ronnie Prophet, Michelle Wright, the Road Hammers and Stompin’ Tom Connors. In 2009, in front of a hometown crowd of thousands, the Bowes Brothers opened the Riverside Jam for Terri Clark!
The brothers balance their time between playing for their local hometown crowds in the Ottawa Valley at fairs and festivals and keeping up to a hectic schedule that has spanned three provinces. They have been invited back to the Maritimes to play several times. They were featured on CJOH television’s Regional Contact in 2003 and due to an overwhelming response, were invited back again in 2004. This year is shaping up to be busy again. Look for some exciting new dates for this year!
Crowd response is always a mix of a dedicated fan following and a jaw-dropping, hand-clapping appreciation from first-time listeners. It is because of this, that the Bowes Brothers continue to fill the rooms of the churches, auditoriums, festivals and concerts for those who keep this ‘Band of Brothers’ doing what they do best!
Ed is the eldest of the Bowes Brothers. He plays the rhythm guitar and sings both lead and harmony. Ed also writes many amazing songs for the group, often about the boys’ roots and their hometown of Carleton Place.
Rod plays bass guitar and sings lead and bass vocals. He is the strong, silent type but, feeds off of an enthusiastic crowd. Rod appreciates his small town upbringing and the support of the hometown fans.
John plays fiddle and sings lead vocals. He manages when and where the Bowes Brothers are playing in a town or festival near you. You will often find John doing most of the talking… and joking around on stage.
Andy plays both acoustic and electric guitar and sings both lead and high harmony. He has mastered the lost art of Yodeling, which has brought him national attention. He has been invited over 10 times to perform at the Wilf Carter Tribute Concert in Nova Scotia.
Clarence, their father, plays lead guitar and has performed in dance bands for over 40 years. He likes to remind the boys to stay true to their roots by playing often in the halls, nursing homes and churches where they began this journey. This past fall Clarence was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.