BRYAN BOWERS and ANNA SCHAAD
Bryan Bower's creativity and talent have won him induction into Frets Magazine's First Gallery of the Greats after five years of winning the stringed instrument, open category of the magazine’s readers' poll. This distinction put Bowers along side other luminaries, such as Chet Atkins, David Grisman, Stephan Grappelli, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Rice, Rob Wasserman and Mark O'Connor, recognized for their personal accomplishments. In 1993, Bryan was inducted into the Autoharp Hall of Fame to stand only with Maybelle Carter, Kilby Snow, and Sara Carter.
From his rather unglamorous beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter. Bryan has a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. His towering six foot four inch frame can be wild and zany on stage while playing a song like `Dixie' and five minutes later he can have the same audience singing `Will The Circle Be Unbroken' in quiet reverence and delight.
Anna Schaad is a composer, musician, producer and teacher who plays an active role as an artist in her community with her unique style and original music.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Anna began her musical life at a tender age, immersing herself in classical music with the piano and violin. She was lucky enough to experience the Seattle Youth Symphony as a member for four years, immersed in the the great classical symphonic works, and studied under concert violist Paul Coletti at the University of Washington as a junior and senior in High School. In 1991, Anna combined a B.A. degree in American History with her love for music at the Evergreen State College and created the “Talking Fiddle Program” – a music therapy program designed to touch the hearts and minds of our regions senior citizens and Alzheimers patients.
Anna’s horizon expanded into the genres of American and Celtic fiddling, as well as to blues and bluegrass, and meanwhile she discovered the fair town of Bellingham, a place near and dear to her heart. Anna discovered the pure musical joy of playing celtic, blues and folk music with electric and acoustic violin in bands in the Pacific Northwest including the Clumsy Lovers, Tim McHugh and the Lost Poets, and Vancouver B.C.’s Paperboys, as well as pursuing the world of studio work and studio recording.
She has appeared in tandem with David MacVittie in New York, Canada, New Zealand and Australia with the four- time World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, playing a variety of electric violins in furious harmony with the Highland Pipes. This touring culminated in a live recording at the Sydney Opera House.