Tim Bowness

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Tim Bowness
Born (1963-11-29) 29 November 1963 (age 52)
Latchford, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Genres Art rock, dream pop, post rock, ambient
Years active 1982–present
Labels One Little Indian
Snapper Music
Burning Shed
Associated acts No-Man, Steven Wilson, Henry Fool, Memories of Machines, Slow Electric, Samuel Smiles, Centrozoon, Darkroom, Richard Barbieri, David Torn, Judy Dyble
Website Official 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, Inside Out Music and Kscope), Bowness has appeared on albums by US artists OSI and David Torn, Italian artists Alice and Nosound, 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 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 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 UK Progressive chart.


In 2001, Bowness co-established the online record label and store Burning Shed with Peter Chilvers and Pete Morgan.[4]

Charting songs and albums[edit]

Song Chart Position Year
Taking It Like a Man (with No-Man) Billboard Dance/Club Play[5] (US) 34 1994
Viaggio in Italia (with Alice) Italian Albums chart[6] 16 2003
Abandoned Dancehall Dreams UK Rock Albums chart[7] 18 2014
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Rock Albums chart[8] 10 2015
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Top 100 Physical Sales[9] 75 2015
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Vinyl chart[10] 10 2015
Stupid Things That Mean The World UK Progressive Albums chart[11] 9 2015

Select discography (Outside No-Man)[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Other albums[edit]


  1. ^ "no-man biography - no-man official website". No-man.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  2. ^ Ned Raggett. "Flame - Richard Barbieri | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Diary". Tim Bowness. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Specialist online music label and shop". Burning Shed. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  5. ^ "No-Man - Chart history". Billboard. 1994-05-28. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  8. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  9. ^ "Official Physical Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  10. ^ "Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  11. ^ Masters, Tim (2015-09-03). "Progressive music gets an official chart '45 years too late'". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  12. ^ "Warm Winter " Speak". Timbowness.wordpress.com. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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