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Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?

14fret 27 Jul 04 - 03:09 AM
GUEST,Greycap 27 Jul 04 - 03:14 AM
VIN 27 Jul 04 - 03:59 AM
bluenose 27 Jul 04 - 04:43 AM
GUEST,BRIAN GIBBS 31 Aug 04 - 11:14 AM
GUEST,David Hilton 22 Mar 10 - 09:41 AM
GUEST,Ray 22 Mar 10 - 11:38 AM
Paul Reade 22 Mar 10 - 12:20 PM
GUEST,Tom Travis 23 Apr 11 - 07:33 AM
GUEST,Ray 23 Apr 11 - 01:12 PM
GUEST,LES SPEAR 23 Jun 11 - 06:59 AM
GUEST,Ray 23 Jun 11 - 11:48 AM
GUEST,LES SPEAR 24 Jun 11 - 05:59 AM
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Subject: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: 14fret
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 03:09 AM

Excellent banjo & dobro player. Last heard of around Blackpool area.


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,Greycap
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 03:14 AM

Try Tom Travis - Go to British Bluegrass Music Association webpage and take it from there. I'll bet he can assist.


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: VIN
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 03:59 AM

Tom & Smiley, remember them from yonks ago. Used to have an album of theres which i think called 'The Bluegrass Sound of Tom & Smiley', good stuff.


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: bluenose
Date: 27 Jul 04 - 04:43 AM

Yes i remember booking them at Hindley folk club about 1970.
They were excellent


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,BRIAN GIBBS
Date: 31 Aug 04 - 11:14 AM

TOM & SMILEYS SOUND OF BLUEGRASS WAS AMAZING WHY DON'T WE HEAR IT OCCASIONALLY ON THE AIR?


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,David Hilton
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 09:41 AM

I have a copy of 'Country Style' Tom and Smiley on Saga Records from 1969 on LP and would love to find some CD or MP3s of their material - it woke me up to bluegrass as a kid - and remains some of the best of its kind i ever heard.


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 11:38 AM

Tom (Smiley) Bowker and Tom Travis split up as a duo in the 70's when Smiley went to play with P J Proby following which he went on to play with Frank Yonko and the Everglades. My understanding also was that he was living in the Blackpool/Preston area but that was some considerable time ago.

Smiley came out of retirement around 30 years ago and re-formed with Tom for a one off gig in memory of the late Tony Hardman. From what I remember, he hadn't played banjo for some years. Tom Travis is still going and would be your best bet - you'll find his current band here - http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=400654


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: Paul Reade
Date: 22 Mar 10 - 12:20 PM

I remember Tom & Smiley from the Manchester folk scene in the 60's & 70's.

In an earlier thread Manchester Sports Guild Folk Club guest Helen Howard (ne Walker) reported that in September 2009 she had seen Smiley in Spain, where he and Norma have lived for 5 years.

You could also try Marie Little, as she was in a duo with Smiley for a number of years.


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,Tom Travis
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 07:33 AM

I'm still in regular contact with Smiley Bowker. He moved to Cornwall, where he stayed for a number of years before moving to Spain, where he still resides. If you contact me through my SoundClick site I will let you have his telephone number. I am also on facebook. Many thanks for all the kind comments about the recordings that Smiley and I made together, they are really appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 23 Apr 11 - 01:12 PM

Have you been googling yourself then Tom?


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,LES SPEAR
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 06:59 AM

I have been trying to get back in touch with Smiley Bowker for years now . He played with me in my band while he was living in Cornwall and we did some recording together.    I lost touch with him since splitting from my then relationship. Apparrantly he left a contact phone and address but it was never forwarded to me. I would love to get back in touch with him. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Les Spear


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 11:48 AM

Why don't you take up Tom's offer Les? - see http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=400654


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST,LES SPEAR
Date: 24 Jun 11 - 05:59 AM

Thanks Ray, I've made the effort and signed up to soundclick. Should be able to contact Tom Travis very soon, ceers, Les


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Sep 11 - 05:43 PM

I just had dinner with him today!! While I was playing a gig in a beautiful beach bar in Spain!! Sarah Howard!!


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Subject: RE: Whereabouts of Smiley Bowker?
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Apr 12 - 06:06 PM

if you get a chance,could you pass on my email add? i would love to get back in touch with norma,and tom... they helped me so much,and love them both,my email is gruffpixie @yahoo.co .uk,please pass it on,if you say its giles,theyll know who you mean!!


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