Darryl Bowen met Lydia Clare in 1995 when she was
promoting 'The Earth Bazaar' markets with music
in their local area of Windsor NSW.
Darryl had recently formed a band and was keen to get performing,
Lydia needed some music so it was a win/win situation.
2 years later Lydia had progressed to running a music festival and was in need of a sound guy, a role Darryl easily slipped into.
So their friendship began . . . .
over the years Darryl's band 'Barbwire' went on to become a succesful
bush-rock band performing anything from Irish anthems like
the Fields Of Athenry to Waltzing Matilda with classic covers
like Land Down Under & Brown Eyed Girl in between.
In 2002 Barbwire released 'Come to Dinner'a selection of traditional
and original tracks
Meanwhile in the late 90's Lydia embarked on her own musical career
becoming one of the original members of the
Sydney folk band 'Wild Honey'
This was no surprise as Lydia had grown up in a a musical family......
her Dad, Norman Clare had a band in the UK during
the 1950's golden era of the 'Big Bands'
Lydia grew up with muso's coming and going from her family home
as Norm was a well known Woodwind & Brass instrument technition,
a skill he passed down to his son Gary Clare of 'Novatone'
In 2003 change was in the air, with a decade of experience behind him
Darryl went on to become a solo performer
Where one door closes another always opens.....
It was around this same time that Lydia also underwent a big life change.
and relocated to the Central Coast.
Where her life experiences poured out in song...
setting her song writing into a motion that has continued to flow.
When her old mate Darryl was working on the coast he looked Lydia up.
Now both single the winds of heaven danced between them
the friendship that they had nurtured over the past years now grew into
something more . . . something that neither of them had ever expected!
Lydia became Darryl's manager and went on to support him in
producing his first solo album 'Just a Sniff' a collection of the songs
he loved to sing including a few of his own!
They began performing as a duo in 2007
and from there 'Bowen and Clare' was born!
Their 7 year itch in 2010 became the year that they were Wed.
They have discovered many syncronisities in each others lives...
like their sons sharing the same birthday,
but what they discovered on their wedding day
was an even bigger surprise!
Darryl's family is also very musical, and interestingly each of them
played Brass & Woodwind instruments in the
Hawkesbury District Band when they were kids.
On their wedding day Darryl's sister recognised Lydia's Dad Norm,
and the story unfolded that all of the kids in Bowen family
had purchased their instruments over a period of time
from Norm some 30+ years before!
So it appears that they were meant to make music together!
Ah but that's just the intro...there's way more to their story
coming one day soon.