Tony Bowers

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Tony Bowers
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Background information
Born31 October 1952 (1952-10-31) (age 66)
Culcheth, UK
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer tutor
InstrumentsGuitar, Bass, Bansuri, Percussion, Saxophone
Years active1972–present
LabelsTransatlantic Factory Records, Stiff, Rabid, ONUSound, Elektra, WEA, CGD, Ponderosa
Associated actsAlberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, The Durutti Column, The Mothmen, Simply Red, Ray Tarantino, Demo Morselli, Sainkho, Plantation, Glennwash Concrete Wig

Tony Bowers (born 31 October 1952, England)[1][2] is a musician based in Italy and Ireland who has worked with many bands, including Simply Red in the 1980s.


Bowers debuted in the blues band, Blind Eye (1971–1972), as second guitarist, although he is not considered a former member.[3] After playing in other blues bands, he joined Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, with whom he played bass on every released album and single. Later, in 1978, he formed The Durutti Column, alongside guitarists Vini Reilly and Dave Rowbotham, and drummer Chris Joyce. After some gigs and the release of two songs on a various artists compilation called A Factory Sample, Bowers, Rowbotham, and Joyce left the band, forming The Mothmen with ex-Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias member Bob Harding.[4]

After Simply Red (1991) he collaborated with Barrington Stewart (DFreek), who, with Demo Morselli (an Italian trumpet player), formed Concrete Wig (the name dedicated to the late Roger Eagle, who was a major influence).[citation needed]

Barrington died in 2011. Bowers continues to play, write, collaborate and produce, including co-producing Ray Tarantino's debut album, Recusant.[5] which propelled Tarantino to No. 1 unsigned artist from the UK on MySpace,[6] topping the charts alongside Amy Winehouse and Gomez.[7]

Bowers played on and produced Who Stole The Sky in 2003 by Sainkho Namtchylak,[8] an album that was in the top three on BBC world music charts. He now lives in both Italy and Ireland, participating in various different projects, including tutoring, recording, and live performances with different artists including Blues Confidential, Fabio Fabbri, and Sorgente.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Slonimsky, Nicolas & Kuhn, Laure Diane. Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians P. 3340. Schirmer Books, 2001. ISBN 0-02-865530-3, ISBN 978-0-02-865530-7. Tony Bowers, bs. (b. 31 Oct. 1952)
  2. ^ "Plantation". Myspace. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Mick Bolton: Gig History; Mott The Hoople, Dexys Midnight Runners etc". Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Mothmen". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ McQuiston, James (29 May 2012). "Introducing Ray Tarantino". NeuFutur Magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Massive Arts Studios - Ray Tarantino" (in Italian). Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Singer/Songwriter Ray Tarantino Visits Newschannel 6". 3 August 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Tony Bowers". AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 3 February 2016.