Born and bred in County Durham, England, in 1949, Scrowther had
his first taste of singing to an audience with a
schoolboy beat group
He moved on the edges of the (Coventry) folk scene
in the early seventies with a duo/trio, and even did the occasional
Resident near Zurich, Switzerland
since 1978, he moved to Lucerne in 2013.
In the 80s and 90s he built
up a reputation as an interpreter of other people's songs in a
styles, his work with Swiss country-rock institution Rusty
Nugget and his two-person show "Fascinating
Rhythm", based on
the life and music of George Gershwin, being just two examples.
On the other hand, his own songs, showcased
on 1989's "No Promises" and
particularly on his critically-acclaimed 1995 solo album "Scrowther",
have built up a following in the English folk scene.
These songs have been championed by people like PJ
Wright of Little
Johnny England and
Norman West, and recorded by Little Johnny England (12songs on 4
albums!), Isambarde, 4Square and
The "Scrowther" album , apart from
garnering praise from the Swiss press, was also singled out for
positive review by British
monthly "Folk Roots", who also included the track "Maybe" on
a free CD sampler. This was despite the album having no British distribution.
His second album, "The
Heart of the Song" was released in 2003. Featuring
the sublime guitar playing of PJ Wright, and ace Swiss rhythm-section
Müller and Beat Aschwanden, the album contained ten more
sterling example of Scrowther’s song-writing talents.
In musical semi-retirement at present, he can be
contacted at the email address below.
Scrowther has never played with anyone famous or
been to America.