Bob Bowman
                Fingerstlye Guitar

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edge of
                                      the earth

in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada

P.O. Box 398
Mount Desert, Maine  04660

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Bob in
                  Bar Harbor, 2010Bob Bowman performs intricate, classical-inspired
arrangements of traditional Celtic and American music from the past 300 years interspersed with familiar jazz and pop standards, tunes by friends, and his own compositions which borrow from all those styles. His playing is reminiscent Ď60ís British Isles musicians Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, and Davy Graham, with influences from a diverse lot of American guitarists such as John Fahey, Lenny Breau, and Eric Schoenberg. Bobís live performances appeal to all ages providing entertaining, unintrusive accompaniment to fine dining, parties, receptions, outdoor events, and more.

 For more than three decades Bob has been respected for his guitar, banjo, and mandolin work as a soloist and with various vocalists and groups, Bobincluding the popular Celtic band, Kitchen Junket. He has arranged and recorded several instrumental soundtracks for documentary films by PBS, National Geographic, and independent filmmakers. 

Bob took a 20 year break from live performance while working on some particularly demanding marine science and conservation projects. He began appearing again in restaurants and events in eastern Maine and Canada in the spring of 2009. Affordable and in demand, Bob plays a couple hundred shows a year.

Bob mostly grew up on Little Cranberry Island, Maine where he was a ferry captain for many years. An accomplished marine wildlife conservation researcher, he has traveled the world as an adviser on marine mammal conservation strategy and technology. Bob and his wife, Cate, a teacher, divide their time year-round between a home in New Brunswick, Canada and a nearly-two-century old cabin on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
Full press bio here.


Technical stuff
Bob regards live musical appearances as a partnership with venue owners to provide an affordable, quality experience for the audience. Booking agreements are based on actual costs logically suited to each situation and space. He actively promotes his public performances in Internet and newspaper calendars. 

Bob provides a professional sound system for rooms from 20 to 500 people. His innovative use of wireless technology permits flexible speaker placement (without cables) as well as the ability to transmit a high-quality signal directly to a venue's in-house sound system for distribution throughout a restaurant, gallery, garden, or other non-traditional or multi-room performance space. Equipment includes a professional battery-powered system that is perfect for many outdoor events, weddings, and even boats. In performance, Bob is set up in minutes and generally requires only floor space for a stool.

Bob's main performance instruments include a custom OM cutaway guitar built for him in 1985 by Dana Bourgeois, 2001 Martin 000-16, 2006 Martin OM Aura, 2008 Taylor GA3-12-string, and a 2000 Weber Beartooth octave mandolin. Other instruments include a 1956 Martin 0-18, 1919 Vega Whyte Laydie six-string banjo, and a 1923 Vega Tubaphone tenor banjo.

Gear List and more info

Selected film performances:
The Rock; original score; Maine Public Broadcasting Network (1985) 
Ashley Bryan: Portrait of a Storyteller; original song; National Geographic (1988)
Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Maine, original score, College of the Atlantic (1991)
Our Stories; original score; Maine Public Broadcasting Network (1998) 
Amazing Coastal Creatures: original music; Forged Image Productions (2004)
Chummy Rich, Maine Boat Builder: The Building of Andromeda, original score, Dobbs Productions (2010)
Ralph Stanley, an Eye for Wood, original score, Dobbs Productions (2015)

 History of Schoenberg Guitars by David Gansz
(features Bob's guitar)
Bourgeois Guitars
McKays Public House, Bar Harbor, Maine
Islesford Dock Restaurant
The Looking Glass Restaurant, Bar Harbor, Maine
Finn's Irish Pub, Ellsworth, Maine
Airline Brewery, Ellsworth, Maine
 Ticklebelly Hill Rural Weddings and Events
Havana Restaurant, Bar Harbor, Maine
House Wine, Bar Harbor, Maine
St. Andrews Farmers Market, New Brunswick, Canada
Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre, St. Andrews, NB
Kingsbrae Garden, Savour in the Garden, St. Andrews, NB
The Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Europa Inn, St. Andrews, New Brunswick
The Rossmount Inn, Chamcook, New Brunswick
Project Puffin - National Audubon - Live Cams
Maine Public Broadcasting Network

In his day job, Bob consults on marine mammal issues, specializing in aiding the fishing industry and government with large-whale entanglement mitigation and disentanglement in the US, Canada, Australia, and Africa.
photo by John C. Fuller

other photos from top: Cate Bowman;
Barry Gutradt, Stealthvader Photography; Jim Keen