Singer–songwriter Steven Bowers will celebrate the release of his new Beothuk Words CD with a house concert in Sydney, on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm. Bowers will be joined by bandmates Keith Mullins and Kev Corbett (2011 Nova Scotia Musician of the Year), for this special event.
Beothuk Words highlights nine Steven Bowers originals and was recorded in Port Hope, NS at the home studio of producer Dale Murray (Cuff The Duke, Christina Martin, The Guthries) and singer Christina Martin (who provides harmony vocals throughout, and a duet on the title track). Beothuk Words features a stellar line up of musicians including multi-instrumentalists Kev Corbett and Dale Murray, Keith Mullins (drums, percussion), Fleur Mainville (fiddle), Brian Murray (banjo) and Daniel Ledwell (trumpets).
Regarding the title, Steven says: “I was wrapping up production and trying to finish two final tracks. I stumbled on an article about the Beothuk, who were native inhabitants of Newfoundland during the time of European colonization in the 15th and 16th centuries. They became extinct as a people in 1829, and subsequently much of their language was lost. That really stuck with me. The title of the record speaks to the lyrical themes of impermanence, seasonal cycles and generations. The album closer (“Song for Little You”) was written after I found a photograph of my wife as a child. Its sister song and album opener (“Song for Grown You”) bookends the record, and the lost Beothuk language, the idea that it came and left so quietly, was something that seemed to tie all of these ideas together.”
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Steven Bowers now makes his home in Halifax. A captivating performer with a powerful, versatile voice, Steven Bowers has solidified his reputation as a gifted songwriter, singer and award-winning producer. With three earlier CDs – Wanderlust (2003), Tired Light (2006) and Homing (2008) to his credit, Bowers was a finalist in both the 2007 and 2008 International Songwriting Competition, garnered ECMA nominations for Pop Recording (Tired Light), Folk Recording (Homing), and twice won the award for Producer of the Year from Music Nova Scotia along with nominations for Folk Recording and Songwriter of the Year. Bowers has also co-written songs with and for recordings by other artists including Dave Gunning, Keith Mullins and Kim Dunn, while his song “Comfortably Sweet”, featuring Christina Martin (from his 2009 limited edition EP Circadian Anthem), landed in the season four premiere episode of CBC TV series Heartland.
Tickets are available by calling Debbie at (902)-562-7599 and includes a signed copy of the Beothuk Words CD.