Phamie Gow

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Phamie Gow
Born Scottish Borders[1]
Genres Instrumental, Classical
Instruments Harp, Piano (acoustic and electric)[2][1]

Phamie Gow (pronounced phonetically: "Famy Gaow") is an international singer, composer, and recording artist. She is also the first World Peace Tartan Ambassador promoting peace in the world from the heart of Scotland. She has been invited as a leading musician to perform all over Europe, United Kingdom, North and South America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay) Canada, and China. She was born in Scotland; has lived in London, Barcelona (Spain) and Montpelier (France); and currently resides in New York City.

Phamie has released eight solo albums. Her latest release, Softly Spoken, chosen as "Album of the Week" by John Suchet at Classic FM who called her a brilliant young composer, is a wonderful example of her compositional and pianist skills. The seventh release, ‘The Angels’ Share’ (released in August 2012), was a commissioned work (including the long awaited ‘The Edinburgh Suite’) featuring Classical Brit Award winners, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and The London Metropolitan Orchestra (LMO). The album was recorded in Metropolis Studios, Chiswick, London.

A composition from the album was incorporated and choreographed for The Royal Military Tattoo Show at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, a stadium filling 8.500 people for most nights in August 2012, and was also broadcast on BBC 1 TV. Gow and her work have been featured on the BBC 4 TV documentary about Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Phamie Gow has performed in prestigious venues around the world such as The Carnegie Hall (centre stage), invited by Phillip Glass, with The Patti Smith Backing Band in New York City; Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, the Kirking and Opening of The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland where Her Majesty the Queen was present, and more recently at the afternoon Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics 2012 in Scotland House, Pall Mall, London, commissioned by The Scottish Government and Creative Scotland. Phamie has performed for many prestigious people including the Dalai Lama; Princess Anne and First Minister of Scotland – amongst many others. In Spring 2012, Phamie was invited to perform two gigs in New York City as part of the Tartan Week celebrations. She had previously starred in Tapeire, a sell out show on Broadway, which led to her performing on the famous Regis and Kelly Show in the USA. Phamie has worked and collaborated with many international artists such as Philip Glass (USA), Carlos Núñez Muñoz (Spain), Marisa Monte (Brasil), Ashley MacIsaac (Canada), and Alan Stivell (France).

A multi-instrumentalist that plays the Electric Celtic harp, piano, accordion, and is also established as a singer/song writer and composer. Her most recent commission as a composer was to write and musically direct The Vox Motus production of The Infamous Brothers Davenport, which had a run of 32 performances in The Royal Lyceum (Edinburgh), The Glasgow Citizen's Theatre (Glasgow), and Eden Court (Inverness) in Scotland.

Phamie Gow has also established herself as an experienced producer, and recently co-produced with Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Stephen McLaughlin in the Metropolis Studios, Chiswick, London. Being the founder and CEO of Wildfire Records and Publishing Phamie is rapidly rising to International fame for being one of the few 'unsigned' self managed artists to make her name on the International music scene. Having published and released 6 solo self-produced CDs, and has been commissioned as a composer to write and musically direct for numerous new works for compilation CDs, theatre productions, dance companies, short films and documentaries, she is rapidly building a catalogue of her original music.

Her compositions for piano are gaining a fast-growing fan base from all over the world. Her sheet music has been used for studies in universities, concert hall repertoire, theatres, and special events.

Her piano hit "War Song" has been released on two Classic FM/Universal compilation albums. Her works on piano are regularly given airplay on Classic FM [3] and Phamie still stands at being the number 1 most played artist in Caffè Nero. These tracks are also featured on her latest release, Softly Spoken, alongside some newly hand written compositions for piano.

Her knowledge and love of folk, world, and classical music only enhances her world of composing and results in her very distinctive 'Phamie Gow' sound. Her piano works fall into the classical/crossover bracket. Her artistry and originality of compositions on the electric Celtic harp could really only be described as being 'Phamie Gow' with Celtic, world music, and rock influences.

Gow is at ease singing her self penned songs in a sort of Enya Celtic style of singing, or singing a Gaelic folk song in Scots or Irish Gaelic, and in contrast for enjoyment can be spotted in some of the most established choirs singing Soprano from St Giles Cathedral Choir (Edinburgh, Scotland), to The Heavenly Rest Choir, or the Canterbury Choral Society in New York City and is soon to sing in Mahler's Symphony no 8 in The Carnegie Hall, NYC to mark The Queen's Jubilee.[specify]

An ambassador for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and a strong Humanitarian; Phamie has organised benefit concerts including 'A Cry Out for Chile' where all the benefits were sent directly to the Chilean Red Cross and The Victor Jara Society in a small attempt to aid after the earth quake and tsunami which hit Chile in 2010. Gow was invited to perform in The Carnegie Hall in New York by Philip Glass for the 2008 Tibet House Benefit Concert.[1] She performed with Band of Horses, Marisa Monte, Ashley MacIsaac, and Ray Davies.[2]. She also sang in Mahler's Symphony no 8 in The Carnegie Hall, NYC in January 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Gow first publicly performed at Moffat Academy at the age of 11.[2] In her teens she studed with famed composer and concert pianist Ronald Stevenson. At only 16 years old Gow was one of the first to be accepted to study a BA in Scottish Music at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Drama in Glasgow, Scotland whilst continuing to study classical piano. She later graduated from Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.[1] Gow released her debut album at 19.[3]


Commissions[edit]

1997: commissioned to write for the opening of the extension to Edinburgh Airport. 'Highflyer'
1998: commissioned to write the sound track to a short film about Dumfries and Galloway. 'Annandale'
1999: 'New Voices' Commission for Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland. 'Lammermuir'
Same year commissioned to write the musical score for The Winters Tale theatre production directed by Hugh Hogart at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Glasgow. Scotland
2000: commissioned to write a song for the Gaelic Choir of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Same year commissioned to write the music for Le Roi Cerf by Le Petit Pied Theatre Company, Paris, France, directed by Josephine de Meaux
2001: commissioned to write a composition for Real CD and wrote Death of Tibbie Tamson
2001: commissioned to write sound track for Morpheus Theatre production of Pilot
2002: commissioned to write the sound track for film Across the Waters by director Sana Bilgrami
2011: commissioned to write The Edinburgh Suite by Tim Hollier of Atlantic Screen Music
2012: commissioned by Vox Motus to write the sound track to the theatre production of The Infamous Brothers Davenport

Discography[edit]

  • 2001 – Winged Spirit
  • 2002 – Lammermuir
  • 2005 – Dancing Hands
  • 2007 – Moments of Time
  • 2008 – La Vida Buena – The Good Life
  • 2011 – Road of the Loving Heart
  • 2012 – The Angels' Share
  • 2013 – Softly Spoken

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vallely, Joanna (6 February 2008). "A dream come true as Phamie makes a date with a legend – The Scotsman". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Gow, Gaga and Galloway". Daily Record. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Veevers, Brendon (12 June 2011). "Album review: Phamie Gow – Road Of The Loving Heart". RenownedForSound. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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