Dave Rowe Contributed

Dave Rowe will take the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Cadenza, 5 Depot St., in Freeport.

Rowe parked his venerable Toyota in favor of a 38-foot Bayliner motor yacht. From the bridge of this vessel, he has seen America like very few others have. As he voyaged, Rowe shared his music with new audiences along the way in unconventional and idyllic places and filled his quiver with new songs inspired by the journey, which will be recorded on a future CD release.

Rowe’s music is handmade and heartfelt. It springs from deep roots borne out of the song traditions of Ireland and the British Isles, cultivated in the roots music of North America, and filtered through the musical sensibility of a classically-trained musician who is as at home directing a choir or wind ensemble as he is standing with his acoustic guitar in front of a large audience singing songs together.

The path Rowe took to music was probably unavoidable. Both of his parents were professional musicians as were both of his grandfathers. His late father, Tom, was a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed folk trio, Schooner Fare. A lineage and pedigree of which Rowe is proud, but to define his music through the lens of what came before would be a mistake. He’s made a name for himself not because of what his father achieved, but in spite of it.

Rowe’s 2019-20 floating musical journey took him through 18 U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. He with his trusty guitar; his yacht, Stinkpot; and his first mate, Stacey, rose from sea level to 900 feet above sea level utilizing countless locks on the way.

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