Martin Young - Bowstring - Folk, Ceilidh, Barn Dance

Bowstring

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

Whether it’s Irish (St.Patrick’s), Scottish (Burns Night/St. Andrew’s), English (St. George’s) 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).

What makes someone come to us?

If you are looking for a professional, well-rehearsed band who will give them a special event tailored to their own requirements. The band might even learn a song especially for the occasion. For one particular client we learned a song in order to back his own singing.  Another time we were asked to play “Galway Girl” by Steve Earle. Only one member of Bowstring knew it and he’d only learned it by osmosis. He taught it to us in the break and we played it. That’s professional, special and tailored to their own requirements.

Martin Young Caller, Cittern, Vocals

Martin Young Caller, Cittern, Vocals

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).

Martin 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, Chippenhan, Chorley, Upton-upon-Severn, Towersey, Broadstairs, Deal, Tenterden). 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 Egle at the home of Bob Geldof, on numerous occasions.
Radio- Capital & BBC.
T.V. – Channel 4 with Show of Hands
Film – with Albion Morris for British Film Institute

Ramona Egle Fiddle, Whistles, Vocals - Zinta Egle Guitar, Vocals

Ramona Egle Fiddle, Whistles, Vocals - Zinta Egle Guitar, Vocals

Being twins, Ramona and Zinta have played and performed music together from a very early age. Elements of their family roots interweave effortlessly through their material, combining Eastern European and Irish background. Unique harmony arrangements; intuitive dynamics and an outstanding natural talent for phrasing word and melody, be it contemporary or traditional make Ramona and Zinta’s singing a rare gift.
On their musical travels they have received accolades from eminent music legends such as Herbie Flowers and Mike Scott and been invited to perform their own arrangement of a Laurie Anderson song to an audience including Laurie and Brian Eno. 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.

“Great vocals and I love the fiddle style” — Mike Scott, The Waterboys
“They went on and totally entranced the audience” — Herbie Flowers
“Beautiful acoustic driven Celtic music” — Karen Morton, Celtic Hearts, Splash Radio

Chris Sadler Concertina, Vocals

Chris Sadler Concertina, Vocals

Ladies in Lavender feature film – TV Big Breakfast -Video “Memories of Home” Rose Marie Radio – BBC Radio 4. Festivals – Sidmouth, Gosport, Return To Camden Town & Broadstairs. Venues – Hackney Empire, Old Trafford, Birmingham Town Hall, The FRidge Brixton, The Conway Hall London, Half Moon Putney.

Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands & Spain.

 

Chris Taylor Button Accordion, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Mouth Organ, Vocals

Chris Taylor Button Accordion, Bouzouki, Mandolin, 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” earned him a place on Top of the Pops and, more recently, 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.

Testimonials

 

I am delighted to let you have my feedback on both Warble and the Bowstring Ceilidh Band. Warble (the agency) were brilliant from the minute we made the first enquiry. You answered all of the questions we had with speed and efficiency and were so much more helpful than the other agents we contacted. The booking process was very straight forward and we were thoroughly pleased with the outcome.

Bowstring were just brilliant, so enthusiastic! So many people after our wedding commented that they had really enjoyed the dancing and music - it was a great way for all ages and abilities to get up and dance (or at least attempt too!) I would not hesitate in recommending them.

Many thanks for all of your assistance...

 

Julie, Norwich UK

 

Hi there, I apologise in the delay getting back to you, I just wanted the opportunity to say thank you to the band, they were fabulous!

I always dreamed of my wedding day with a wonderful 5-piece Irish band, and they truly made my dreams come true! The band were very helpful, listened to everything I asked for and did what was asked of them and more. Many of my guests had heard Irish music before and not liked it, but upon hearing Bowstring have changed their views and said how wonderfully entertaining, lively and fun the music that the band played was. They also played some beautiful songs that are very sentimental to myself and family, which was just lovely. Many thanks to you (Warble Entertainment Agency) for finding Bowstring.

I will definitely use you again and will recommend you to many parties, functions or family get togethers.

Again thank you Bowstring. You made my wedding day perfect!

 

Melissa

 

Hi Martin, just to let you know I have had an overwhelmingly positive feedback from last Friday night! So many people have said what a wonderful evening they had - it was so fantastic to have an event like that in the heart of our community and we just loved the music and the dancing.

Thank you all so much!"

 

Mrs. H. S. Wincheap School PTA, Canterbury, Kent UK

 

Bowstring managed very effectively to get everyone up and dancing, falling about laughing, or both. They also suggested an easy but fantastic first dance that worked really well. We had hoped that having a Ceilidh band would be something novel and that people would have a lot of fun having a go at something they had never tried and that it would be an "ice breaker" at the start of the dancing.

They carried out this role perfectly and it worked like a charm. Their mixture of silly jokes, banter and trying to get a collection of people mostly with two left feet into a semblance of an organised group was hilarious and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

 

Alex & Jessica, Buckinghamshire, Wedding