“In Gowan Ring seems to invoke a magical state and to take the listener out of this reality into another. ”
— Woven Wheat Whispers
IN GOWAN RING
The SYMBOLIST FOLK MUSIC of In Gowan Ring channels stories of stones and angels through homemade instruments and human voice. Uncanny harmonies unearth a visionary sonic tapestry, engaging in landscapes to weave the transcendental and the mundane.
For over 20 years B’ee has been weaving dreams in the experimental acoustic folk project In Gowan Ring. It has lead him on an itinerant journey through peculiar landscapes of sound and sense; to meetings with remarkable musicians, traditions, and philosophies around the world while pursuing his own unexampled art.
With a revolving cast of compatriots and fellow travelers, In Gowan Ring have over a dozen albums of recorded work, and have performed in over 30 countries worldwide at Folk, Experimental and World Music festivals, on headlining tours and in collaboration with groups such as Faun, Woven Hand, and Robin Williamson.
IN GOWAN RING have performed at:
- USA: Seattle Folk Life, Terrastock, Poor Minstrels of Song and Temple of the Moon
- [Germany]: Ancient Trance(2014, 2015), Wave Gotik Treffen (2005, 2012, 2015), Folklorum Kulturinsel Einsiedel;
- Denmark: Fano Free Folk Festival;
- Spain: Músiques Disperses;
- U.K: Carefully Planned Festival, Northern Green Gathering
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.
“Music has always been for me a line of enquiry into a web-like world of subtle perceptions that reach through the metaphysical background of life. It is both a window onto the imaginal realm of primeval myth and an invitation to track our own smoky parables that, however evanescent, are yet somehow essential to our humanness and to our habitation of this material world. These inner landscapes where we experience love, awe, affinity and reverence branch deep through the heart of things, and we do well to heed the spirits there.” -B’ee
“B’ee, the man behind In Gowan Ring, emerges as a visionary bard of the green, healing man’s connection to the otherworld…” ”
— Psychedelic Baby Magazine
“Psychedelic folk album of the year, no question.”
— Ptolemaic Terrascope
“An album of rare power, it’s hushed strength coming equally from its emotive impact and lovingly adorned song cycles. A true treasure.”
— The Active Listener
“In Gowan Ring adds fresh inspiration and creativity to the tradition of the great ancestors of psychedelic folk and singer / songwriters of the 60s and 70s like Donovan, Nick Drake or The Incredible String Band. ”
— Klemen Breznikar
In Gowan Ring in Print and Film
Seasons They Change
The story of acid and pyschedelic folk
by Jeanette Leech
The Circle is Unbroken
40 anni di folk psichedelico e visionario - By Gino Dal Soler
THE FAIRY TRAIL
A documentary film about Nature Spirits
by Till Gerhard and Britta Schmidtke. Soundtrack: In Gowan Ring
“Songs of timeless beauty. The perfect soundtrack for autumn nights.”
— Oliver Tyr (Faun)