"Lowe's melodies sound like tunes that have been sung for years ... polished in the pubs"
On tour from England
A return engagement of the songwriter that thrilled us five years ago
For the last twenty years, Jez Lowe has toured the world, building up a formidable reputation in the USA, Australia and Europe, and gaining the respect of his peers and his audience alike. Folk supremo Richard Thompson called him "the best songwriter to emerge from the UK in a long time", and his songs are among the most widely sung by folksingers and bands around the countrys clubs and festivals. In December 2007 Jez was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008 as Folksinger of the Year, alongside Martin Simpson, Kate Rusby and Julie Fowlis.
Folk and acoustic music is undoubtedly enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, and this County Durham singer-songwriter is among those enjoying the benefits of this rebirth. Jez has a new album just out, his 14th set of original songs of the North Country, and the BBCs "Radio Ballads" to which he contributed twenty-odd songs last year has just won a Sony Radio Academy Award. His new album is called JACK COMMONS ANTHEM, and was inspired by the cult Geordie novelist of that name, whos work chronicled life in the North East in the early 20th Century. Jez Lowe has taken up that same torch a hundred years later, in a selection of songs and tunes that reflect the hard times, the good times, the hard work and hard play of the region where he was born and raised.
Jez performed in the intimate environment of a house concert where's there are no bad seats, only about 25 or so of them were filled, a lovely crowd for a Monday evening. He was purely acoustic, and his music filled the room with songs both old and new.
This was a very special House Concert with one of England's best troubadors, enjoyed by a select crowd those who very much remember Jez's previous house concert here . . . and those who know of his songs and music as played solo or with his band The Bad Pennies".
We came early to meet for wine & cheese and conversation!