With harmonies that seem to come from one astonishing voice, The Bowmans share a rare, near telepathic musical bond. Twin sisters Sarah and Claire Bowman are a “roller coaster” duo, whose music ranges from poignantly captivating to serendipitously joyful. Their music is both sophisticated and imaginative, and they deeply move and delight their audiences with uncanny, evocative, and unforgettable performances.
The twin sisters started creating songs as little kids, eventually going public at age 14 with their first regular gig at Theo’s Java Hut in their American hometown, Davenport, Iowa. They continued to perform original songs throughout their college and post-graduate studies in Pittsburgh, PA and Baltimore, MD. In 2004, they abandoned their conventional career paths to convene in New York City and focus on The Bowmans full-time.
The sisters’ performances proliferated in clubs in Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and Brooklyn. They took to the highway in 2005, touring extensively across the United States. They quickly expanded their densely-packed touring style to Europe in 2006 following the release of their first album, ‘Far From Home’, on Mother West Records. Through several years of touring and living part-time out of Sarah’s Toyota Corolla and part-time in Brooklyn, the Bowmans amassed over 1000 performances in 48 states and seven countries by 2011. By 2013, they had released four full-length albums.
Some of The Bowmans’ career highlights thus far include: Paste Magazine Winners for the Cayamo Americana Festival Cruise with headliners Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Brandi Carlile and others. Appearance with Jim Lauderdale on The Tennessee Shines Live Radio Concert, Featured guest artist with Whispering Bob Harris on BBC2 Radio, national and regional radio exposure in Spain, Portugal, the UK, Switzerland, and the United States, and favorable music reviews in renowned Annabelle, No Depression, Paste, American Songwriter, Americana UK, LA Weekly and Performing Songwriter magazines.
The twins’ mother’s cancer diagnosis had a sobering effect on their career, and the twins’ lives took new directions. In 2012, Sarah moved to Switzerland to start a family, and in 2013, Claire relocated to Berkeley, California to focus on painting. Whereas their Mom’s diagnosis triggered their hiatus, the eventual loss of their mother became the impetus for the sisters to reunite and create their most poignant songs yet, a body of work they’re calling “Scrutiny,” which will provide the inspiration for a podcast, A Bit*Challenging, where they discuss the subjects of the songs while returning to their playful roots.
To book The Bowmans in North America please contact:
Black Oak Artists