Kicking off the afternoon were the blues-based band Mike Bowden & A917. Singer, songwriter and storyteller Mike a Salford lad, but now living in Scotland, fronts the Scottish band on vocals and acoustic guitar. He is ably supported by Les Cowley on electric slide guitar, Martin Rhydderch on keys, Sean Walker on bass and Big Vern Seymour on percussion. They received a well deserved standing ovation at the end of their set after a stunning performance of ‘off the wall’ blues, mostly self-penned by Mike. A band with true ‘entertainment’ as their middle name.” - Rosy Greer

— Carlisle Blues Festival

Following a hard won, but decisive victory over Big C, Mike Bowden returns with a new and exciting project... Conjured out of the magical atmosphere that pervades the East Neuk of Fife come Mike Bowden & the A917

This five piece, original, song driven band, have been honing their individual sound up and down the east coast of Scotland, culminating in gigs at prestigious Edinburgh venues, Stramash, and the Voodoo Rooms. They have since performed in England and Wales, and are recently received rave reviews for their performance at Carlisle Blues Festival . The band will be touring extensively in 2020. The songs reveal many influences, but remain rooted in the blues. Mike, and long time drummer/percussionist friend, Big Vern, have taken the legacy left by Blue Swamp and moved it forward with the aid of some fine musicians..... Martin Rhydderch (keyboard), Les Cowley (slide guitar and vocal), and Sean Walker (bass)

The music on this page is taken from the album 'Gravy Train'

The live set is punctuated with Mike's hilarious between song banter! … We are now booking for 2020 …. so give us a call!!

Telephone: 01333 739124  Email: or fill in the contact form on this site

I particularly loved Mike Bowden & The A917 Band, just quality throughout the band and Mike’s powerful voice along with Pete MacLeod’s driving bass had me bopping in my chair, I’d recommend them to any blues club or festival as they really deliver the goods. ”

— Stuart Stott .... Blues Photographer


Previous events


Mike Bowden & the A917

the Haven

Come and meet our new guitarist, John Hall … Free Admission


Bowhouse Food Festival

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Bowhouse, St Monans

Monthly celebration of local food and drink at this complex. Music this month provided by Mike Bowden & the A917


Mike Bowden & tthe A917 plus Broken Windows

Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Mike Bowden & the A917 join Liz Jones, John Bruce, and the rest of Broken Windows for their regular gig at this prestigious venue


Mike Bowden & the A917

East Neuk Hotel, Crail

Last gig at this pub before it closes for refurbishment


Boathouse Sunday Social

Boathouse, Anstruther

Weekly open mic at a great venue. This week hosted by Richard 'Scruff' Parkinson & Mike Bowden …. Expect performances from various members of the A917


Mike Bowden & the A917

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Sun Inn, Llangollen

Superb music pub in N Wales


Mike Bowden & the A917

Burnturk Village Hall, Burnturk

Small but perfectly formed venue … Sure to be a sell out!