After recovering from life-saving surgery Mark 'Boweevil' Howes needed some much needed convalescence in 2014. Now it is safe to say that The Dove and Boweevil Band are seriously back in action and have kept rolling since the release of their stunning new album called 'This Life,' in 2015.
They have built a mighty fine reputation on the British Blues scene in the UK, widely recognised as an act to watch and constantly carving their own style. In 2012 Dove and Boweevil became electrified and formed as a five piece band with influences from Doctor John, Delaney and Bonnie and The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Vocalist Lauren Dove and guitarist Mark ‘Boweevil’ Howes released their debut album ‘Getting Somewhere’ in March 2011 following an inspiring trip in pursuit of their passion of Blues and Soul from New Orleans to Chicago performing in Nashville, becoming a finalist in a songwriters competition at reputable Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta as well performances at Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago. There they revelled in witnessing the likes of Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples and Seasick Steve to a name a few of Dove and Boweevil’s influences.
Introducing the band; Paul “Wizard’ Weston was founder of Norwich Samba Band, Paul ‘Wilfred’ Williams on bass and sax came to Norfolk as a jazz cat from Leeds College of Music and Andy Cooper roaring on Hammond. We also have a bit of a keys family and would love to thank Andy 'Mojo' Robinson for performing on our album This Life as well as some great festivals performing with Glen Butcher and Paul Howard. Lauren studied Gospel and Soul and Jazz at Goldsmith's University and teaches a variety of choirs and workshops. She met Mark in a funk band, formed a 60s folk duo with a Woodstock vibe which dug deeper and deeper into a well of roots, blues, soul and Americana.....
In 2014 they were both nominated for best vocalist and guitarist in the British Blues Awards. Their song Listen Up has also been used in film soundtrack Scar Tissue with a visit to BAFTA for the premiere and they have recently been featured on the Krossboarder Record label compilation.
Since forming, the Dove and Boweevil Band have performed in the UK Blues Challenge 2016, their album This Life has been nominated for best album AND best song in the BBA's, pick of the week on BBC Radio London's Robert Elms show, playlist of the month Future Radio, BBC INtroducing song of the week.
Reaching audiences far and wide from Birmingham to Billericay, The Blues Kitchen, Camden, Folk East, The Devil’s Kitchen, Upton Blues Festival, Red Rooster Festival, Maryport Festival, Cumbria as well as several festivals including Newark, Doncaster, Chelmsford and Jaks Joint at the Great British Rn’B Festival.
As a duo they have had a residency at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues Bar in Soho, BluestrainFM at The Shack in Amsterdam as well as local Latitude Festival.
Both as a duo and a great five piece band Dove and Boweevil have been transforming the intensity of their original music, sharing stories and deeply felt emotions. The band launched their album project with Pledge Music, hitting their target with house gigs, T-Shirts and more.