Rowan is a Celtic and World Music trio based in Lawrence, KS, USA. Our music is an eclectic blend of styles from the various Celtic lands as well as other European folk styles. It transcends genres as the listener is taken on a journey through not only a topography of cultural expressions but on a spiritual journey through time as well.
From a 17th century English Faire to an 18th century Jacobite uprising to the American Civil War to 20th century Belfast, our music evokes what human beings share down through the ages and across borders. Jigs and reels follow poignant ballads. Anti-war sentiment follows praise to those who are sent to fight. Songs of modern disconnection from the Earth follow songs of immigration.
The members of Rowan have traveled widely, from the urban jungles to the High Plains to lofty mountain peaks to deep in the southern forests of North America; from the wilds of Newfoundland to Mexico to Alaska; from Australia to Afghanistan to North Africa; from Ireland to Britain to France.
While our music reflects our roots in the deep spiritual resonance of the Celtic lands, we acknowledge, praise, and validate all folk music from all lands in all periods. The glory of human expression in its everyday form is what Rowan is committed to -- and we try to reflect that in all our music.
We're beginning our 10th year of performing throughout the North American Midwest for fans of all ages, at festivals, fairs, coffeehouses, schools, pubs, and beyond.