BBU – BENNETT, BOWTELL and URQUHART
When they first got together Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell & Felicity Urquhart had no idea that within two years, Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart would be stepping up to collect not one but two Golden Guitars, for Best Group and Best Alt. Country Album for their 2016 self-titled debut album.
It was at the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival that the trio first performed together in what they thought would be a one-off affair. The experience proved so enjoyable they decided not only to do it again, but to then go into the studio and see what happened.
Kevin Bennett, who in 1985 took over from Alex Smith out front of Moving Pictures and featured on their last album, 1987’s The Last Picture Show, won the 2006 Best Group Golden Guitar with his band The Flood and another in 2011 for Vocal Collaboration of the Year (with Kasey Chambers)
Lyn Bowtell won the 1997 Toyota Star Maker Award and then back-to-back Best Group Golden Guitars in 2004 and 2005 for her work in another trio, Bella. In 2015 she won her first solo Golden Guitar for Best Alt. Country Album for ‘Heart of Sorrow’ and In 2017, Lyn picked up her sixth Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Catherine Britt and Kasey Chambers and was also a contestant on The Voice.
A very familiar voice, as much for her regular Saturday Night Country show on ABC local radio as her songs, in 2001 Felicity Urquhart won a Centenary Award for services to Australian society through country music, has seven Golden Guitars, not including her BBU awards, and has been inducted into the Country Music Awards Hands of Fame!
The combination of the talents of these highly acclaimed artists to form the Folk Country super-group ‘Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart’ was a masterstroke.
Three unique voices, three strong personalities, three respected songwriters. Together, Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart have the most remarkable musical chemistry, a real meeting of minds, hearts and sensibilities…
“Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart is the sum of incredible parts,” fellow Golden Guitar recipient Shane Nicholson reckons. “Separately amazing and collectively awe-inspiring. Watching them sing is like watching magic being done, except there’s no way to explain or rationalise it. It’s otherworldly and defies science.”
Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart released their latest Album ‘Weeds’ in Sept 2018
“Weeds is a stunning songbook,” writes Gareth Hipwell of Country Update Magazine, “replete with glorious harmonies, soulful Gospel and classic Country strains, with timeless instrumentation couching some of the most celebrated vocal talent in Australian song”.
‘Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart’s’ live performance is a beautiful thing to witness, acoustic instruments, three part vocal harmonies, a deep respect for each other and an almost spiritual quality that will lift your spirits and enrich your soul.
A superb musical collaboration – not to be missed under any circumstances!!