The Bowdlers

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John Bowdler

John is a popular organist and keyboard player for sequence dancing and the organ enthusiast.

Tower Ballroom

- From the Tower Ballroom website

Born and educated in Wigan, Lancashire, John began playing the Organ at the age of eight. He is currently in his 26th year as one of the team of resident Organists at The Blackpool Tower. John took up his position at the age of 16, straight from school.

In addition to his commitments at The Blackpool Tower, John travels the country extensively undertaking concerts for Organ Societies and playing for dances. He has made several appearances at the Organ festivals all over the country.

He also travels to the Isle of Man every year. John has been interviewed by various radio stations in the country. He has also made several T.V. appearances on Granada, BBC and Swiss Television. During 1997 John made his international debut in Amsterdam, completing a successful concert weekend.

To complement Johns live performances, he also has a series of recordings, made both at the world famous Wurlitzer Organ of The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and his own Technics GA-3 electronic Organ.

John was voted as “Organist of the year” for 1998 by 2 Organ Societies, Verwood Organ Society in Dorset and also Top Note Organ Society, Leyland. Horse racing fans may have noticed “John Bowdler Music”, a horse originally owned and named by Paul Dean, a turf accountant and keen dancer at The Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Paul also purchased another horse which he named “Bouncing Bowdler” which has enjoyed much success. Amongst the horses’ biggest achievements, are a marvellous run to finish in 2nd place in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was placed 2nd at Glorious Goodwood in the Queen Mother Molecomb Stakes. These provided memorable days out for everyone involved. But more recently Paul purchased a 2 year old horse named “Bowdlers Magic.”

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John records on a variety of organs including the Technics C700, Yamaha ELX1, Wurlitzer and Technics GA3. He has released many albums such as: