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Carol Bowden

Musician, Performer, Educator and Researcher


Hi, I'm Carol, a musician, performer, educator, podcaster and researcher based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, working across the North East of England. 

I work freelance across the North East of England, am on the Board of Directors with Sound Sense and am a Trustee for MERYC England (Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children).

I have an MA in Community Music research at York St John University and am a member er of the International Centre of Community Music (ICCM). You can find my research paper and the accompanying podcast on this site.

As a festival compere with Cambridge Folk Festival, I co-compere The Den Stage, supporting emerging artists and bands, and have worked on smaller festivals including Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones Festival in Cumbria.


I have been involved in the performing arts since starting dance classes at the age of 5 years, performing in school music and drama productions, teaching dance, writing and performing my own poetry, acting in Theatre in Education and singing and playing percussion in various bands across the North East of England, performing across the UK and Europe. I gained a BA (Hons) in Dance at Northumbria University.


Working extensively for over 16 years at Sage Gateshead across their Learning and Participation Programme as Project Musician and Programme Leader for their CoMusica, Early Years, Loud & Clear Foster and Adoptive Families and Young People's Programmes. I delivered and devised music-making projects and performance, and devised training in Early Years & Family Learning, Inclusive Practice and Working With Young People With Autism.


I have worked collaboratively in partnerships with Blue Cabin, We Make Culture, Wearside Women In Need, The Great North Children's Hospital, North East Autism Society, Children North East, North Tyneside Family Intervention, Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle Fostering and Adoption Services, and Music Services (HUBS) within Primary Education, SEND and PRU across the North East. You can find out more about some of these organisations on my Past Projects and Partnerships page.


I was a vocalist and percussion player with Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, a four-piece contemporary folk/acoustic band based in Newcastle. Gaining widespread acclaim, we received radio play on BBC 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music, played live sessions for Dermot O’Leary and Radio 4′s Loose Ends, and won a Journal Culture Award for their Arts Council-funded project, Music in Museums, and performed on multiple stages at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, having beaten over 8,000 contenders to win the 2013 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition.

If you have read this far, I thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you enjoy browsing my website.



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