St Neots Folk Club Guest - Jez Lowe

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The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, PE19 2BH
17 July 2018
Members £9.00 Non-Members £11.00

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Roger & Patti Pitt
Chair & Treasurer
01234 376278

About this event

 Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognised musical ambassador for his native North East England, with almost twenty albums and countless live performances around the world over the last thirty years.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs, are Fairport Convention, The Unthanks, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, Tom McConville, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy, Bob Fox and literally hundreds of others. Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.
He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, both solo and with the Bad Pennies, including the main stages at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tonder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian (US), Port Fairy and Byron Bay Festivals (Australia) and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain.
In 2008, Jez was nominated as “Folksinger of the Year” in the BBC Folk awards, following the success of his album JACK COMMON’S ANTHEM the previous year. After a retrospective live collection, entitled NORTHERN ECHOES (winner of the Indie-Acoustic Award for “Best Lyrics” in 2009), 2010’s follow-up CD, entitled WOTCHEOR! surpassed that success, and has become Jez’s most popular album yet, spawning a series of special stage-shows and UK tours based on the themes of the album, to great acclaim. Last year also saw the release of a compilation of “18 essential Jez Lowe songs” entitled HEADS UP, containing some of his best-known compositions, such as THE BERGEN, BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THESE COAL TOWN DAYS, GREEK LIGHTNING, and LONDON DANNY, plus bonus collaborative tracks with James Keelaghan and Vin Garbutt.
Back in 2006 Jez was one of the principle songwriters in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads. This on-going project has spawned two further series, and in 2014 the third set of programmes, entitled The Ballad of the Great War, will be broadcast to commemorate the start of World War One. Jez has again contributed a number of songs to this series, and is planning some solo concerts based around his entire canon of Radio Ballads songs, which by now number around 50, later this year.
The Radio Ballads series, along with other much-acclaimed special commissions like The Darwin Project and All Along The Wall, has enabled Jez to expand his writing and performing styles greatly in recent years, without diverging from his own much admired and unique approach to his craft.
2014 has already seen trips to New Zealand and the USA, with a festival tour of Canada lined up for August. Work on a new solo CD for Autumn release has also begun, and next year sees the start of a new collaboration featuring James Keelaghan, Archie Fisher and Jez Lowe, labelled MEN AT WORDS, which will tour North America in March 2015. All of this, plus a mind-boggling series of solo shows, Bad Pennies concerts, festivals, and special projects ensures that Jez Lowe is one of the busiest and most in-demand performers on the current acoustic music scene.


Venue details


The Priory Centre
Priory Lane
St Neots
PE19 2BH


  • Accessible toilet without alarm
  • Wheelchair accessible

Venue Notes There is a lift and a bar. Plus local parking

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