Bowlines was formed by Ernie Gruner to explore the possibilities for bowed string players to improvise music.

Inspiration might come from a painting, a written provocation, sound from the audience or environment, architecture or one musician’s feelings.

Bowlines has had two sets of musicians, with others joining sometimes.

 Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin/viola/octave violin (2nd album)

Previously Jenny Thomas – viola, Heather Stewart- violin (moved to Paris), Ernie Gruner – violin/viola  (1st album – Circling Strangers)

                 One concert 2017 at Aeso : Ernie Gruner, Biddy Connor, Myfanwy Hunter

First performance in 2012 was at an exhibition of paintings by Irine Wellm.

Since then appearances have included Festival of Slow Music, Darebin Music Feast, The Boite, churches, halls, house concerts.