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Bryan Bowers Autoharp Concert

Bryan Bowers Autoharp Concert

Having begun as a street singer in Seattle, Bowers is now a world-renowned artist known for his instrumental virtuosity on the autoharp, as well as his singing, songwriting, and storytelling.


Bowers redefined the autoharp with his avant-garde finger-picking style, which he initially brought to bluegrass performances with The Dillards in the ‘70s. He’s a member of the Autoharp Hall of Fame, alongside the great Maybelle Carter. And, after winning the stringed instrument open category of Frets Magazine's poll five years in a row, he became a member of their "Gallery of Greats" with other luminaries such as Chet Atkins, Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, and David Grisman.


Bowers has a huge stage presence, not because he stands six-feet-four, but because his performance is dynamic and captivating. He’s personable, down-to-earth and engages easily with his audience. The show on August 11th will not only be Bryan's first on Guemes, it will be a celebration of his 78th birthday! So, come, enjoy and share in singing a round of "Happy Birthday" when we cut the cake during intermission!


This concert will take place at the Guemes Island Community Center, Saturday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15/person suggested donation at the door. Refreshments and beverages will be served during intermission. For more information, contact Cheryl Mansley at 304-702-0554 or