Tim Bowness

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Tim Bowness
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Background information
Born (1963-11-29) 29 November 1963 (age 55)
Latchford, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
GenresArt rock, dream pop, post rock, ambient
Years active1982–present
LabelsOne Little Indian
Inside Out Music
Kscope
Associated actsNo-Man, Steven Wilson, Henry Fool, Memories of Machines, Slow Electric, Samuel Smiles, Centrozoon, Darkroom, Richard Barbieri, David Torn, Judy Dyble, Fjieri
WebsiteOfficial site

Tim Bowness (born 29 November 1963) is an English singer and songwriter primarily known for his work as part of the band No-Man,[1] a long-term project formed in 1987 with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson.

Music career[edit]

In addition to recording albums with No-Man (for record labels such as One Little Indian, Sony/Epic, and Kscope), Bowness has appeared on albums by US artists OSI and David Torn, Italian artists Alice, Saro Cosentino, Fjieri, Nosound and Stefano Panunzi, Norwegian groups White Willow and The Opium Cartel, and others.

In 1994, he recorded an album with Porcupine Tree/Japan/Rain Tree Crow keyboard player Richard Barbieri, called Flame.[2]

Bowness has been a core or occasional member of several other bands. He has sung for German band Centrozoon and British electro-improvisers Darkroom on the more vocal-orientated projects performed and released by each group. He is the lead singer and guitarist for Henry Fool and also sings for Memories of Machines. He was singer (and occasional second guitarist) for Samuel Smiles between 1992 and 2000. Bowness also has a longstanding duo collaboration with Peter Chilvers (with whom he has worked in Samuel Smiles and Henry Fool). This project has so far produced one album, 2002's California, Norfolk.

Bowness's debut solo album, My Hotel Year was released on One Little Indian in 2004. The album made use of Bowness collaborators both old and new, and featured Roger Eno and Hugh Hopper amongst others.

In 2009, Bowness co-wrote and co-produced Talking with Strangers, an album by former Fairport Convention singer, Judy Dyble.

Warm Winter, the debut album by Memories of Machines (a collaboration with Nosound's Giancarlo Erra), was issued on Mascot in April 2011, and the self-titled debut release by Anglo Estonian project Slow Electric was released on Panegyric in October 2011.

Bowness's second solo album Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released on 23 June 2014 on Inside Out Music. Produced by Bowness and mixed by Steven Wilson, collaborators included Stephen James Bennett. Pat Mastelotto, Colin Edwin and Classical composer Andrew Keeling. Richard Barbieri and Grasscut provided mixes for the bonus disc. Abandoned Dancehall Dreams came out to some of the best reviews of Bowness' career. Receiving positive endorsements from Prog and Classic Rock, the album reached No. 18 in the official UK Rock charts and No. 1 in Prog magazine's July 2014 and August 2014 charts.

A follow-up to Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, Stupid Things That Mean The World, was released on 17 July 2015 on Inside Out Music. Bowness admitted similarities between the two albums, in both the musical approach and artwork, calling it the second part of a new chapter that began with Abandoned Dancehall Dreams.[3] Produced by Bowness and mixed by Bruce Soord, collaborators included Stephen James Bennett, Peter Hammill, Colin Edwin, Phil Manzanera and David Rhodes. The album reached No. 10 in both the official UK Rock and UK Vinyl charts, and No. 1 in Prog magazine's July 2015 and August 2015 charts. In September 2015, Stupid Things That Mean The World was No. 9 in the first ever Official Charts Company Progressive Albums chart.

Tim Bowness's fourth solo album Lost In The Ghost Light - a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage thoughts of a veteran musician - was released on 17 February 2017 on Inside Out Music. The album garnered very positive reviews from the Rock media - Prog, Powerplay, Classic Rock, Shindig! - as well as in more mainstream publications such as The Daily Express,[4] Mojo and Classic Pop. Produced Tim Bowness with Stephen James Bennett, the album mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson and alongside performances by regular collaborators such as Stephen James Bennett, Bruce Soord, Colin Edwin and Andrew Keeling, featured guest appearances from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, and ex Camel/Happy The Man keyboard player Kit Watkins. Lost In The Ghost Light reached No.5 in the official UK Rock chart, No.8 in the official UK Progressive chart and won "Album Cover of the Year" at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards.[5]

Flowers At The Scene was released on 1 March 2019 on Inside Out Music. Like its predecessor, the album garnered extremely positive reviews from the Rock media in Britain and Europe, as well as in more mainstream publications such as The Daily Express,[6] Mojo and Classic Pop. Produced by Tim Bowness with Steven Wilson - as No-Man - and Brian Hulse, the album featured guest appearances from Peter Hammill, Kevin Godley, Andy Partridge, Jim Matheos, David Longdon, Colin Edwin, Dylan Howe and others. Flowers At The Scene reached No.5 in both the official UK Rock and UK Progressive charts, No.24 in the official UK Vinyl chart, and No.38 in the official UK Physical sales chart.

Business[edit]

In 2001, Bowness co-established the online record label and store Burning Shed with Peter Chilvers and Pete Morgan.[7]

Charting songs and albums[edit]

Album / Song Chart Position Year
Taking It Like a Man (with No-Man) US Billboard Dance/Club Play[8] 34 1994
Viaggio in Italia (with Alice) Italian Albums[9] 16 2003
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams UK Rock Albums[10] 18 2014
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Rock Albums[11] 10 2015
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Top 100 Physical Albums[12] 75 2015
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Vinyl Albums[13] 10 2015
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Progressive Albums[14] 9 2015
Heaven Taste (with No-Man) UK Vinyl Singles[15] 5 2016
Heaven Taste (with No-Man) UK Top 100 Physical Singles[16] 8 2016
Lost In The Ghost Light UK Rock Albums[17] 5 2017
Lost In The Ghost Light UK Top 100 Physical Albums[18] 64 2017
Lost In The Ghost Light UK Vinyl Albums[19] 35 2017
Lost In The Ghost Light UK Progressive Albums 8 2017
Flowers At The Scene UK Rock Albums[20] 5 2019
Flowers At The Scene UK Top 100 Physical Albums[21] 38 2019
Flowers At The Scene UK Vinyl Albums[22] 24 2019
Flowers At The Scene UK Progressive Albums 5 2019

Select discography (Outside No-Man)[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Other albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "no-man biography - no-man official website". No-man.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ Ned Raggett. "Flame - Richard Barbieri | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Diary". Tim Bowness. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  4. ^ Daily Express. "Lost In The Ghost Light review". Daily Express. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Marillion, Anathema, Steve Hackett among Progressive Music Award winners". teamrock.com. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  6. ^ Daily Express. "Flowers At The Scene review". Daily Express. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Specialist online music label and shop". Burning Shed. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  8. ^ "No-Man - Chart history". Billboard. 28 May 1994. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Official Physical Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  14. ^ Masters, Tim (3 September 2015). "Progressive music gets an official chart '45 years too late'". BBC News. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Official Physical Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Official Physical Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Official Physical Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Warm Winter " Speak". Timbowness.wordpress.com. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012.

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