Europe/UK (Promotor) Steven Thomassen
Gullivers - Manchester (uk) + Steve Gunn
Broadcast - Glasgow (uk) + Steve Gunn
McHughs Basement - Belfast (uk) + Steve Gunn
Whelan's - Dublin (ie) + Steve Gunn
The Music Room - Liverpool (uk) + Steve Gunn
100 Club - London (uk) + Steve Gunn
De La Warr Pavillion - Bexhill (uk) + Steve Gunn
The Hope - Brighton (uk) + Steve Gunn
Autumn Falls @ Het Bos - Antwerp (be) + Steve Gunn
Rotown - Rotterdam (nl) + Steve Gunn
Autumn Falls @ De Zwerver - Leffinge (be) + Steve Gunn
King Georg - Koln (de) + Steve Gunn
Auster Club - Berlin (de) + Steve Gunn
Musikcafeen/Huset - Copenhagen (dk) + Steve Gunn
Kagelbanan - Stockholm (se) + Steve Gunn
Mono - Oslo (no) + Steve Gunn
Pustervik - Göteborg (se) + Steve Gunn
Atlas - Aarhus (dk) + Steve Gunn
Mejeriet - Lund (se) + Steve Gunn
Aalhaus - Hamburg (de) + Steve Gunn
K4 - Nurnberg (de) + Steve Gunn
Nathan Bowles is a multi-instrumentalist musician and teacher living in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. His work, both as an accomplished solo artist and as a sought-after ensemble player, explores the rugged country between the poles of Appalachian old-time traditions and ecstatic, minimalist drone. Although his recent solo recordings prominently feature his virtuosic banjo, Bowles is also widely recognized as a masterful and versatile drummer, and he considers himself first and foremost a percussionist, with banjo as a natural extension of his percussive practice.
He and his bandmates in the popular and critically acclaimed old-time group the Black Twig Pickers steep themselves in local traditions of Appalachian folk music and dance, very much a vital part of cultural life in their region of Virginia. As a member of the long-running improvisational drone outfit Pelt, Bowles focuses on the various sonic possibilities inherent in struck and bowed percussion—metal, wood, skin, or otherwise. When playing by his lonesome under his birthname, he prefers either minimal and hyper-nuanced percussive drone or tranced-out solo clawhammer banjo. Bowles has also recorded, collaborated, and performed with Steve Gunn, Jack Rose, Hiss Golden Messenger, Black Dirt Oak, Scott Verrastro, Pigeons, Spiral Joy Band, and others.
The seven songs on his second solo album Nansemond deploy banjo, percussion, piano, tapes, and—for the first time—his robust voice, moving effortlessly between composed sections, improvised passages, and field recordings. The Nansemond suite demonstrates the elasticity of Appalachian and Piedmont stringband music and the inherent connections, when those forms are distended, dilated, and dissected—as in the “Sleepy Lake” pieces, “Chuckatuck,” or “Golden Floaters/Hog Jank”—to contemporary improvised and post-minimalist avant-garde music. Bowles’ inventive playing on the album somehow finds common ground between tradition-bearing masters like Dock Boggs, Dink Roberts, and Etta Baker and the outré compositional experiments and extended techniques of Paul Metzger, Clive Palmer, and Henry Flynt. But these two strains always feel purposefully and organically integrated, not distinct or hierarchical, and that elegant and novel elision is perhaps the most notable accomplishment of these hypnotic recordings: they respectfully refuse to accept the porous boundaries between Southern vernacular music and modernism.
Nathan will release an immersive new album in late 2016.