Jazz \ Funk \ Gospel
Vocal, cultural and stylistic contortionist, Cat Bowring leaps from a register to another with joy and sensuality. Franco-Canadian by birth, she grew up on the tiny islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon where she played with many musicians from France and Newfoundland, having a go at blues, rock and traditional music.
Her first time across the ocean brought her to London where she discovered funk and jazz with the Jam Professors. Captivated by her style and power during their first time on stage, Jon made her promise to never lose her ability to let go and let herself go with the music, reaching ecstasy.
Her natural knack for improvisation led to writing, composing and arranging in 2004 with her Paris rock band Surikat which she toured with for 10 years and recorded an album in 2010. She used those skills with the TF Gospel Singers choir she was a member of, arranging an a cappella version of Billie Jean which got them to the final of Battle Voices at the legendary Olympia.
In 2011, her love of jazz and need for freedom caught up and sent her on a quest to find talented musicians. She met Eric Jacot at a jazz jam, with whom she set up the groovy Cat Bowring Quartet. During that time she played with many great musicians, including John Betsch, Jacques Vidal and Christian Gentet.
Today, back in her native Newfoundland and an active member of its Francophone community, Cat has added French jazz with a gypsy feel to her repertoire. After a first gig with Graham Ellsworth in 2015, she started playing with Wade Tarling for a tour in PEI and Paddy Byrne was the third Gypsy for a first appearance at the Folk Festival. In January 2017, they played a highly appreciated concert in Saint-Pierre, with a new set honouring the poets of her two cultures, Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg.
You can find Cat and her in a few select venues in St. John's, as a quartet with the Gypsies or as a duo with Wade.
"The two-hour show flew by like a comet in a starry winter night."
– Mathurin.com, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.
"Artist with a genuine personality, the interaction with her audience creates a connection where time stands still. Her French and English repertoire is well chosen and has us travelling between cultures. With a clever mix of piano and accordion, the musicians are spot on and support the singer's impressive voice."
– Folk Festival, St. John's
"Their musical selected program of both English and French songs took our audience to France and back again while also providing wonderful stories between their selected repertoire. All that attended realise that they had experienced a warm intimate evening with two very talented musicians. Truly this was a great musical journey."
– St. Peter’s Courthouse Theatre, PEI
"She interpreted the songs with power, while perfectly accompanied musically. She owned the stage and left no one indifferent."
– Franco Festival, PEI
"Enjoyed your performance at The Black Sheep last night. You and your band were terrific! Lots of opportunities await you!"
– Spectator, St. John's
"When the music rises up, she rises with it. Everything becomes sensual, her voice, her smile, her expressions, her rhythms. Her musicians have a blast."
– Spectator, Paris.
"Cat Bowring has an alluring accent and tone, controlled whether she takes it down to a whisper, or when she takes it to balls-to-the-wall soul sister/rock n' roll blues queen. She exudes true emotion through her sound and when she pushes herself, which she frequently does, an audience will stop in their tracks and realize that they're in the presence of something special.
In her performance, she has an "honesty" about herself. You know that you're actually getting her, not something that she's pretending to be.
The first time Steph's vocal talent really hit me was at a Rolling Stones' themed jam night. She sang the Merry Clayton part on Gimme Shelter. I felt the power and was captivated by her style. She was giving it all, red faced and sweat pouring. I mostly remember jaws dropping around the room, as the people who knew her didn't know that she could sing. After that night, there was no doubt that she could."
– Jonathan Shardlow of the Jam Professors