Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Starting out as a solo act in 2007, he has since teamed up with some fantastic musicians and performs as a four piece, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking person to shake their arse to.
Renowned for the electric atmosphere of their live shows, Billy and his band have performed at some of the UK’s best festivals. As their last album Monkey Suit continues to clock up over a million streams and sales, the band have been touring relentlessly, with over 80 shows and festival appearances across the UK and Europe each year. Covering topics from fake news, internet privacy and the U.S. election, to nappy wearing barristers, this album once again takes you on a rollercoaster of storytelling and thought provoking protest pieces.
“Beautifully produced agitprop reggae flavoured rap”
“Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods”
Tom Robinson, BBC6Music
“Delivers big, weighty messages with an optimistic and entertaining light-heartedness”
On The Beat (review of album launch)
“A solemn reminder that even the most powerful are fallible”
Record of The Week – Camden New Journal
“A powerful masterpiece… weaves together humour and shrewd political commentary to create a catchy, fun and renegade modern protest album that could not be more relevant”
On The Beat (review of Truth & Fiction)
“The band lit up the venue with their tongue-in-cheek yet poignant music”
“Insanely infectious” **** (Truth & Fiction album review)
Liverpool Sound & Vision
“Politically charged reggae that sticks two fingers up to the powers that be”
Fresh on The Net, Christopher McBride
“This is about as real as music gets!”
Andrew Marston – BBC Introducing
“Ten tracks of excellence…nothing short of a triumph! 9/10”
Due South West
“The Undercover Hippy kept me thoroughly entertained with singer songwriter Billy Rowan’s amusing observations delivered via his witty lyrics and catchy choruses. This Bristol band has mastered the art of imparting political ideals on an audience who were totally involved with their MC style vocals and chilled reggae vibe.”
eFestivals.co.uk review of Eden Festival 2015
“His combination of catchy tunes, rhythmical vocal style, and socially aware (but often amusing) lyrics, is a recipe that is difficult to nail without seeming preachy or dull, but Rowan succeeds where many fail.”
Radical Bakers Gathering 13-16th June 2019, Crabapple Community, Shropshire. Tickets available HERE.