"In my 10 year hiatus from releasing albums for In Gowan Ring I have yet been in pursuit of the ineffable!:
Collecting several dozens of songs; tending to studies of obscure fascination; refining both attunement to my muse and the aesthetic approach I take to musical arrangement; building instruments on which to play; bearing the brunt of life-lessons on a wayward path; managing at last somewhat to ‘settle down’ and get back to this work.
Now, I have a sense of larger cycles coming ‘round in their season, and my own readiness to walk along with them."
Symbolist Folk Music is music within a magico-poetic-folk tradition; utilizing acoustic instruments, voice, and poetry to convey transcendent experience and to engage the listener in mythic realities. In recent history this musical engagement has also been called “Psychedelic”, “Acid”, or “Wyrd” Folk.
Currently In Gowan Ring use arrangements for guitar, harp, psaltery, flute, percussion, harmonica, string drones, Nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy as well as multiple vocal harmonies in counterpoint. Most instruments are handcrafted by B’ee himself.
Besides classic psychedelic folk influences (Incredible String Band, Pentangle, Nick Drake et al.) In Gowan Ring naturally blend elements of Early Music (medieval & renaissance), Troubadour & Minnesinger song forms, mystic poetry (e.g. Hafiz, Rumi, W.B.Yates), and Spiritual Minimalist Music.
In Gowan Ring have performed in over 30 countries worldwide; playing at folk, experimental and spiritual festivals, on tour and in support for groups such as Faun, Woven Hand, and Robin Williamson.