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DREAMERS, LOVERS, OUTLAWS: Press

Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers,
Dreamers, Lovers & Outlaws
(Roundhouse, 2007)

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Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers make for a powerful combination. On Dreamers, Lovers & Outlaws they bring us the best in contemporary folk music, and through their arrangements and performances they will mesmerize you.

They open with an almost hymn-like song written by Bowers called "Let It Come," and from there on they have you hooked. I almost misread "Ballad of Bill Ballou" as referring to the movie of that name. Thankfully, I realized in time and did not miss an excellent track.

Looking at the track listing will give you an idea of the sort of music to expect here. You can imagine "Valentino's Ghost" and "Keruoac Dreams" to conjure up visions, but be warned and expect the unexpected. One of my favourites is "The Kiss."

Many of the tracks on offer are from Bower's pen, but they also treat the listener to a little adventure with more commonly known tracks. Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five & Dime" is a case in point, but I bet you never expected to hear a Pink Floyd song on a folk album. "On the Turning Away" is here.

This is an album of surprises -- all pleasant.
In "Dreamers, Lovers and Outlaws," Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers have crafted a wonderful musical experience. Whether they're singing the inspirational, comforting "Let It Come" or the story of "Valentino's Ghost," their voices take the music and lyrics and shape them, bringing the songs to life.

The original material is outstanding, refreshing, innovative--where else can you hear the town of Port Jervis being used within a song? The CD also includes several cover tunes, carefully selected to fit in "naturally" with the rest of the collection. But Quinn and Bowers have a way of making these songs their own, arranging, cajoling a tone from the lyrics, immersing themselves into the meaing of the songs. This CD is indeed a treat--worth the wait!

Wanda Fischer
WAMC-FM
Northeast Public Radio
Albany, NY
Wanda Fischer - WAMC Radio Host (Jun 6, 2007)
Siobhan Quinn and Michael Bowers are among the married duos whose
lived-in harmonies enhance the beauty of the songs they sing, in their travels around the country. I enjoy their music, and think you will too.

John McLaughlin
WMUD
College Park, MD
John McGlaughlin (Jun 23, 2007)