Even in this internet age sometimes news travels slowly and is the way of things that it is usually sad news that travels the slowest. We just heard of the tragic murder of Patrick Fowler, accordionist with the Celtic-Punk band Morgan’s Bluff based in Phoenix, Arizona. We are thankful for the guys in the band to have this chance to remember him on these pages and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Patrick’s Celtic influence comes from his father Mick Fowler, who was a bagpiper for many years. When Patrick showed interest in playing music his parents had him take piano lessons. He started listening to his fathers cassette tapes while hiding under a blanket in his bed. The Pogues and Dubliners were to become his major influences and he taught himself to play tin whistle at the age of 9.
After excelling at playing the whistle he would start to accompany his fathers band to play at the renaissance fairs playing traditional Irish music at a young age. At the age of 23 he would officially join the band Ramfoozle playing guitar and tin whistle. In 2014 Patrick taught himself accordion and joined the band Cockswain , a Celtic-Punk band, for a couple years. He then moved on to a band called Swarthy Pirates with his good friend Lars. They would have a lot of fun playing songs highlighting Patrick’s amazing Celtic instrument abilities. Come 2017 he started the band Villains in Heat, a garage rock band. They became a regular name in the local scene quickly. While the band did not focus on his Celtic roots his keyboard, guitar and vocal skills were highlighted.
In 2019 Morgans Bluff started and almost fell apart without having a main melody instrument musician. When Patrick left Villains and joined Morgans Bluff it brought everything together into the recordings you hear today. The band was having a great time and enjoying some successful shows when we lost Patrick. We will never be the same without him but we will push forward as a 4 piece now since he drove us to get better and learn to play more instruments to keep up with him.
Last week we had the pleasure of reviewing the most recent release of Morgan’s Bluff, Chaser. It’s three tracks are the last that Patrick recorded with the band and stand as a worthy testament to his prowess as an amazing accordion player and the impact he had on the people around him.