Submitted by Don Graham
Canada is well known for its great musicians, singers, songwriters, comedians and entertainers. George Bowser and Rick Blue, collectively known as Bowser and Blue, are each blessed with all five attributes. Each is musically talented, good vocally, write well crafted songs ,have comedic timing nonpareil and have entertained small intimate audiences as well as 5,000 seat venues. For over 35 years the duo has been crisscrossing the continent of North America with their unique brand of musical comedy and wry satirical wit and show no signs of slowing down.
Both George and Rick were born in England and both ended up in Montreal, Quebec where the duo was formed in 1978. George was born and raised in Sussex, England where he had a band called People Like Us with Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) and Bill Bruford ( King Crimson) and arrived Montreal in 1970. Rick was born in Liverpool, England, left when he was 8 months old (I didn’t have an accent yet)and took a more circuitous route to Montreal. He came by way of New Hampshire , Maine, New Jersey, Brooklyn ,Toronto ( I might have missed a few stops) and finally landed in Montreal. Once in Montreal each of them were in various bands and duos and solo acts performing in the vibrant Montreal club scene. Bowser made a couple of records and worked constantly; Blue did the same.
In 1978 George got a call from Sandy Graham (now the CEO of this publication) asking him if he could put together a duo for St Patrick’s Day at a bar she ran called The Irish Lancer Pub in downtown Montreal.
The result was Bowser and Blue.
“We had to learn a bunch of Irish songs but George knew a lot rugby songs, ‘Seven Old Ladies’ and such so we built on that,” Rick said by phone from his home Montreal. Bowser added “Neither of us really thought it would last this long, although we knew we sounded good together.” They were doing parodies of established hits and one day Rick said...