Tim Bowness

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Tim Bowness
Born (1963-11-29) 29 November 1963 (age 51)
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 and Kscope), Bowness has appeared on recordings by Italian artist Alice, OSI and guitarist David Torn.

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

Additionally, Bowness has been a core or floating member of several other bands. He has sung for German electronic 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 and Anglo Estonian Jazz band, Slow Electric. He was singer (and occasional second guitarist) for Samuel Smiles between 1992 and 2000. Bowness also has a longstanding duo collaboration with Ely-based multi-instrumentalist Peter Chilvers (with whom he has worked in Samuel Smiles and Henry Fool). Mostly based around voice and keyboards (predominantly piano), this project has produced one album, 2002's California, Norfolk.

Following years of collaborations, Bowness' debut solo album, My Hotel Year was released on the One Little Indian label in 2004. The album continued to make use of Bowness collaborators both old and new (featuring Roger Eno and Hugh Hopper amongst others).

Recent activity has included guest appearances with Italian band Nosound and Norwegian groups White Willow and The Opium Cartel.

In 2009, Bowness co-wrote and co-produced Talking with Strangers, an album by former Fairport Convention singer, Judy Dyble, which also features Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Simon Nicol, Jacqui McShee and Julianne Regan (amongst others).

Featuring performances from Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill, Julianne Regan and others, Warm Winter, the debut album by Memories of Machines, was released on the Mascot label in April 2011.

The self-titled debut album from Slow Electric was released on the Panegyric label in October 2011.

Bowness' 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.

A music video for The Warm Up Man Forever (directed by Miles Skarin of Crystal Spotlight) was premiered online in May and 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, entitled Stupid Things That Mean The World is due out on July 17 through Inside Out Music. Bowness admitted several similarities between the two records, in both the approach and artwork, calling it the second part of a new chapter that began with ADD.[3]. Two songs have been released in advance, The Great Electric Teenage Dream and Press Reset. Bowness will also play a string of dates with his live band in late August to promote the new album.


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

Charting songs/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 OCC Rock chart[7](UK) 18 2014

Select discography (Outside No-Man)[edit]


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