There’s an exciting time ahead for Australian Bluegrass fans. Peter Rowan is touring this year with one of the hottest lineups playing 13 dates across New South Wales, ACT and Victoria.
The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band consists of outstanding musicians with over 100 years of combined recording and performance experience. Joining guitarist Peter Rowan are Michael Witcher, Dobro; Mike Munford , banjo; and Paul Knight, bass. The ensemble has graced the stages of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, Merlefest, Rothbury Australia’s National Folk Festival and many other festivals domestically and abroad, entertaining audiences with original and traditional songs executed in vibrant harmony.
In September 2010, the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band released their debut album for Nashville’s Compass Records- Legacy; the new album, featuring traditional and original compositions, was produced by Compass owner/recording artist Alison Brown and includes Ricky Skaggs, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Del McCoury and received a Grammy nomination in 2010.
Peter Rowan – Guitar
Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter’s stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.
Mike Munford – Banjo
Since Mike Munford began touring with rising bluegrass star Frank Solivan and his band “Dirty Kitchen”, listeners around the country are finding out what fans and pickers in the Washington-Baltimore area have known for years. This is one amazing banjo player. Previous to working with D.C. based Solivan, Mike played banjo with the Mark Newton Band and recorded two albums with them. Among the artists Mike has worked with as a freelancer are Tony Rice, Tony Trischka (Mike was one of the few banjo players that Trischka tapped for his “Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular” tours), Dede Wyland , Lynn Morris, Larry Rice, Valerie Smith, and Frank Wakefield. He has backed up Peter Rowan many times since the 1980s, and played on Rowan’s Grammy-nominated “Bluegrass Boy” album in 1996.
Paul Knight – Bass
Paul Knight has played with Peter Rowan in various configurations for over 15 years. His driving acoustic bass has been part of recordings and live performances with a range of musicians including Jim Lauderdale, Laurie Lewis, and Crooked Jades, Paul is host to his own music series, Paul Knight & Friends, in his hometown of Pt. Reyes Station, CA. Several projects & bands have emerged from these shows including The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.
Michael Witcher – Dobro
Growing up the youngest of five in a musical and artistic family in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Michael found his voice playing the dobro at the age of fourteen. In less than a year, he was playing with his father Dennis, and brother Gabe in their Bluegrass band, “The Witcher Brothers”. Michael has recorded or toured with Dwight Yoakam, Fernando Ortega, Laurie Lewis, Tyler Hilton, John Paul Jones, Sara Watkins, The Gibson Brothers, Dolly Parton, Joan Osborn, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Chris Jones among others. Known for his rich tone and lyrical phrasing, Michael is also a highly sought after instructor.
March 2012 Tour Dates:
|Wed 7 March||Notes||75 Enmore Rd. Newtown, Sydney||noteslive.net.au|
|Thu 8 March||Courthouse Cafe||179 Manifold St.Camperdown, Victoria||Tickets 03 55933144|
|Fri – Mon 9-12 March||Port Fairy Folk Music Festival||www.portfairyfolkfestival.com|
|Wed 14 March||HATS Inc.||The Courthouse Cultural Centre, St. Vincent St. Auburn,||hatsincsa.com|
|Thu 15 March||SA Folk Centre,||Prospect Town Hall,
126 Prospect Rd. Adelaide
|Fri 16 March||Brunswick Music Festival||Brunswick Town Hall,||www.brunswickmusicfestival.com.au|
|Sat- Sun 17/18 March||Blue Mountains Music Festival||www.bmff.org.au|
|Wed21 March||Canberra Musicians Club||The White Eagle Polish Club,
38 David St. Turner
|Thu 22 March||Notes||75 Enmore Rd. Newtown, Sydney||noteslive.net.au|
|Fri 23 March||Caravan Music Club||Oakleigh RSL, 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh||www.caravanmusic.com.au|
|Sat 24 March||Twilight at Turtle Bend||
|03 5281 5188/ 03 5281 5233
|Sun 25 March
||Community Hall||46-48 Main Street, Yinnaremail@example.com|
|Mon 26 March
|Mountain Pickers Association||Burrinja Café,
351 Glenfern Rd. Upwey,
|03 9704 7573|
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band is touring exclusively with Across The Borders. Touring Agency
BOOKINGS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Across The Borders Touring Agency
Phone: (03) 9387 3376 Fax: (03) 9380 8234