PORTLAND, ME (CelebrityAccess News Service) – Tom Rowe, who played bass and sang in the popular folk trio
Schooner Fare, died Saturday at the age of 53.
Rowe, an Auburn resident, had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.
Rowe and brothers Steve and Chuck Romanoff performed across North America
for 28 years, making Schooner Fare one of Maine's most enduring musical
"Tom has — had — a brilliant ear for both playing and singing, and he was a
tenor who played bass," Steve Romanoff said Sunday. "A very rare
combination. He played brilliant bass and sang the high parts."
Last month, the weekend before Rowe entered the hospital, Schooner Fare
performed at The Barns at Wolf Trap, a renowned venue in Virginia. The band
has played at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and in cities
across the country and in Canada.
The future of the band is unknown.
A father of five, Rowe played bass clarinet with the Auburn Community Band,
was choir director of his church in Auburn and was a recording engineer.
Rowe also performed with another trio called Turkey Hollow, which included
his son Dave and Denny Breau.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers