Rowan grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland surrounded by traditional music. Both his father, Charlie (of De Dannan) and his mother, Frances (who taught him the fiddle) were key figures in his musical development.
The author of two successful tunebooks, he has also written articles for several magazines and led fiddle workshops at festivals all over the country. A familiar face in ceilidh bands across the UK and a constant of the Irish session scene, he finds time to play at folk clubs & festivals with the Georgia Lewis Band, with whom he's recorded an EP and full-length studio album.
Rowan also plays in a duo with BBC Young Folk Awards finalist Rosie Hodgson with whom he released Rise Aurora ("an impressive debut album...audible magic...thoroughly engaging" – fRoots) and founded the Causeway Céilí Band (available to hire for weddings, birthdays, corporate functions etc.)
His solo album Mountscribe was released this year to critical acclaim after winning the "Future of Young Folk Award" at Bromyard Folk Festival.
Recently, Rowan received a creative bursary from EFDSS for his SONGHIVE compilation album which he set up to raise awareness of the plight of the bees; took over the running of Brighton Acoustic Club; and begun a new project with songwriter-poet Nick Burbridge.