Dave Rowe presents a fresh take on the folk scene, either alone or with his merry band of traveling musicians. Known for powerful three-part harmonies, instrumental virtuosity, exciting showmanship, and keen songwriting, Dave and his group respectfully build on tradition to move the music into a new groove. He's got a strong heritage to draw on, having grown up immersed in music. His father was Tom Rowe, Schooner Fare's bass player, whose driving rhythms laid the foundation for that group's robust sound.
Tom Rowe's abiding joy in the music infected his son. At 12, Dave took up the tuba (!) and got formal training on keyboards before having taking up electric bass. By 15, he was making money making music as the bass player with the Makem Brothers, Tommy Makem's sons. At 17, he picked up a guitar for the first time along with banjo and other folk instruments. In 1993, the Rowe men did the most natural thing in the world and formed Rowe by Rowe, eventually adding Denny Breau (younger brother of legendary guitarist, Lenny Breau) and becoming Turkey Hollow. This configuration toured extensively until Dave lost his dad to cancer early in 2004.
Dave scoured Maine to find musicians to breathe new life into a different configuration, and is now frequently flanked by Kevin O'Reilly on electric bass and Zach Ovington on fiddle, as well as a rotating cast and crew of some of Maine’s finest musicians. Dave and his group frequently play Steinberger and NS solid body instruments instead of acoustic instruments in the playing of traditional folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, and original music. The Steinberger instruments optimize the acoustic sound for the electronic age with true close-your-eyes-and-it's-acoustic tone. Music had always been a passion for Dave; now he is continuing and expanding on a legacy so well begun.