Dylan has been a professional musician now for close on 30 years and in that time he has been active in many areas of music as a performer/ composer and arranger. His musical palette draws on his experiences in contemporary European jazz, traditional music from the Celtic diaspora – particularly his Welsh heritage and his extensive experience as a collaborator with musicians from countries such as India, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Finland, Norway, Canada, Germany and Italy.
As well as various group activities he has developed a reputation as an international guitar soloist and has three cds released on the prestigious German label, Acoustic Music Records which have received excellent reviews.”This is music with heart, soul and, above all a bullish determination to ignore recognised boundaries. “ Chris Jones – BBC online reviews.
'The single most wonderful thing about the music of Dylan Fowler is how quickly the listener becomes unconscious of the fact that one is listening to a guitar! The profound musicality of Dylan`s writing and playing makes for an experience that transcends the bounds of what is often accepted as `guitar music.` Dylan creates fine, memorable, emotionally engaging music which goes light years beyond the obvious fact that he is a very talented player of his chosen instrument.' Don Ross. Canadian guitar maestro.
He specialises in the traditional Celtic music of Wales and the areas where it meets music of other European and Scandinavian traditions. He is an acknowledged specialist on the solo acoustic guitar and alongside his solo concerts he has conducted workshops and masterclasses in many different countries. He has performed in the UK with artists such as Knut Reiersrud and Asni Valland Nordli from Norway.
His third solo cd ‘A Passionate Landscape’ has been released on Acoustic Music.
The new cd is a collection of solo and ensemble pieces inspired by the landscape of his Wales and features some of the wonderful musicians he’s had the privilege of working with over the years.
The various pieces on the album reflect influences from the land of his family and his upbringing (Wales) and the land of his birth (Libya).
Currently he is involved in a number of touring projects which include The Devils Violin Company, Celtic Guitar Journeys (with Soig Siberil & Ian Melrose), Taith (with Gillian Stevens and Timo Vaananen), ALAW with Oliver Wilson-Dickson and Jamie Smith, Ghazalaw with Gwyneth Glyn and Tauseef Ahktar and Tŷhai with Peter Stacey and Rajesh David plus ongoing solo work in Europe. Celtic Guitar Journeys have recently released their debut cd on Acoustic Music Records, the innovative acoustic guitar specialist label based in Osnabruck, Germany - http://www.acoustic-music.de/en_GB
Alongside his performance work he has developed skills as a producer/engineer and arranger at the Studio that he and Gillian Stevens have developed in Abergavenny, Stiwdio Felin Fach. He has also successfully established the specialist record label, Taith Records, that is rapidly developing a reputation for high quality recordings.
Select Recordings include:
‘Industry’ - with Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson
‘Black Mountain Re-visited’ – Julie Murphy
‘Ffawd’ – Julie Murphy
‘Now & Then’ - Taith
‘Still & Still Moving’ – Gillian Stevens
‘Portrait’ – Solo cd – Acoustic Music Records
‘Ffynnon Ofor’ – Solo cd – AcousticMusic Records.
‘A Passionate Landscape’ – Acoustic Music Records 2013
‘Celtic Guitar Journeys’ – Acoustic Music Records 2015
Selected Recent International Activity
2013 – Acoustic Guitar Night Tour in Germany with Peter Finger
2013 – Guitarras del Mundo Tour in Argentina
2013 – Finland tour with Nathan Thomson & Subsonic Ensemble
2013 – Lorient Festival Interceltique with ALAW
2014 – Lorient Festival Interceltique with Celtic Guitar Journeys
Previous Festival appearances:
1999 - Brunei, British Consulate – with Julie Murphy
2000 – Indo-Celtic Tour, Rajasthan, India
2004 – European representative at the First Canadian International Guitar Festival
2005 – German Tour, International Guitar Night Tour with Peter Finger
2005 – Bulgarian Tour with Gillian Stevens and Oliver Wilson-Dickson (with support from Wales Arts International)
2006 – Tour in India including the Bangalore International Music Festival
2007 – Tour in Serbia and Bosnia (with support from Wales Arts International)
2007 – International Guitar Night Tour with Peter Finger, Hungary
2007 – Bulgarian Tour with Gillian Stevens and Nikolai Ivanov (with support from Wales Arts International)
2009 – International Guitar Night Tour with Peter Finger, France
2010 – International Guitar Night Tour, India
2012 – Celtic Guitar Night Tour with Ian Melrose, Germany
2012 – Lorient Fetival InterCeltique with ALAW
My main instrument is a custom made 12 fret Baritone guitar made by Avalon -
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