Tony Bowers

Tony Bowers is a musician based in Ireland.

He played  bass guitar in some tracks of the  Slinky Vagabond album "King Boy Vandals" out May 6th 2021.

He  debuted in the blues band, Blind Eye (1971–1972), as second guitarist, although he is not considered a former member. 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.

From 1985 to 1991 Bower was member of Simply Red as bassist.

Money's Too Tight (to Mention), Holding Back the Years, The Right Thing, If You Don’t  Know Me By Now  are some of the Simply Red  international hit of that period .

After Simply Red (1991) Bowers 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).

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

Bowers played on and produced Who Stole The Sky in 2003 by Sainkho Namtchylak, 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.

During the pandemic he accepted to play bass guitar for  Slinky Vagabond using his Home Recording Studio to record the tracks.



Tags: rock music, Slinky Vagabond, '70s, Tony Bowers, Simply Red, The Durutti Column, music from '70s