Michael Owers is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist, specialising in brass, currently living in East Lothian. He is a member of the critically acclaimed Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, cultural phenomenon The Grit Orchestra, anarchic Birmingham based brass band Young Pilgrims and leads the genre-melting questio io.
Michael’s musical adventures began at an early age when a chance encounter with folk music legend Aly Bain inspired him to take up the fiddle. A few years later, after going to hear his sister Carolyn play with the Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra he became obsessed with the trombone (a glorious solo by, his now friend and colleague, Phil O’Malley was the genesis of this fascination). Through FYJO he started studying the trombone and the rest of his school years were happily filled playing in a multitude of bands, including NYJOS and the TSYJO, and ended with him taking a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’s Junior Academy.
This lead to Michael being accepted to study at the RSAMD (now RCS) where, under the tutelage of Kevin Thompson (Scottish Opera) and Simon Johnson (BBC SSO) he received a BA, PGdipMus and a MMus. During this time he also took up the bass trombone and started experimenting with the trumpet.
After graduating Michael quickly became a busy freelance musician working in a variety of settings, genres and styles. He continued to develop his skills adding, among other things, the sousaphone to his armoury and started to compose his own music.
He can now be found playing and recording with the likes of: Anathema, Capercaillie, Fish, Hue and Cry, Labrinth, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Michael McGoldrick, Modern Studies, Rachel Newton, Sacred Paws, Salsa Celtica, Texas and many more.
My First Orca
This all encompassing solo recording project is an opportunity for Michael to work on every aspect of the recording process. Writing, playing, recording, mixing, mastering and creating all of the related artwork using his existing experience and developing new skills along the way.
Each track will be released as a single and with the first track nearing completion expect an announcement on it’s release date soon!
Michael is the primary writer and leader of questio io, which brings together six of the most exciting musicians from Scotland’s increasingly interconnected folk and jazz scenes. Sitting somewhere between the two genres the band is “a mesmerising fusion of folk and jazz” resulting in “something utterly surprising and totally fascinating”!