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Bowstring Biography

First class concert, ceilidh, barn dance festival band playing Irish, Scottish, English and Americana for listening and dancing. Traditional and self-penned songs and tunes.

Bowstring are up there with the best bringing together some of the most skilled and experienced performers in their field.

Whether it’s St.Patrick’s, St. Andrew’s, St. George’s Day or Americana, Bowstring offer a full evening’s entertainment of music for dancing or songs for listening or a mixture of both, whatever the venue, at any time of year and anywhere in the world, be it indoors or outdoors, a corporate function, wedding, barn dance, ceilidh, concert or festival.

Bowstring have over 150 years experience between them (they all started at a very young age). As a band they have been together since 2007. Individually, the band members have worked all over the world, singing and playing for concerts and ceilidhs. Radio, TV, Films (e.g. Chris Taylor, Top of the Pops/ Never Mind The Buzzcocks)

Martin, the caller, is one of the funniest around using his humour to put the audience and dancers at their ease. Never would he attempt to humiliate anyone but to laugh with them (there is always a Mr. Bean or Homer Simpson at a ceilidh which makes his job much easier). Bowstring, with their astonishing array of instruments, have a full and exciting sound, driving the dancers on.

The emphasis is very much on ENTERTAINMENT.

!Chris Taylor (Bouzouki, Mandolin, Button Accordion, Mouth Organ, Vocals) A former member of The Oyster Band and Gas Mark Five, his part in the band Fiddler's Dram and their 1979 hit single “Day Trip To Bangor” recently earned him a place on the TV programme "Never Mind The Buzzcocks"! He is a powerhouse of a musician who can make a duo into a band and a band into something really special.


Ramona (Violin, Whistles, Vocals) & Zinta (Guitar, Vocals) Egle

As the duo “Camine” they have toured France, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand and worked with Lori Anderson on the film Exodus directed by Penny Woolcock. They have played at many Arts Centres around Britain including the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford.


Martin Young (Cittern, Guitar, Vocals, Caller) has worked as a solo folk singer and with duos and bands in clubs, concert halls (Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, QE Conference Centre, Snape Maltings) and at festivals (Sidmouth, Cheltenham, Chorley, Upton-upon-Severn, Towersey, Broadstairs). He has also worked abroad in Canada, New Zealand and Europe.  He has performed at the home of Roger Taylor of 'Queen' and with Chris Taylor and Ramona at Davington Priory, the home of Bob Geldof, on numerous occasions.


Chris Sadler (Concertina, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals)Ladies in Lavender feature film with Maggie Smith & Judi Dench/ TV Big Breakfast playing for Ant & Dec/ TV-Video "Memories of Home" Rose Marie with invited celebrity audience/ various radio incl. BBC radio 4/ various festivals.

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