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6th July

Jez Lowe
(£10 / £11)

Over the past four decades, Jez Lowe has been one of the UK’s busiest singer-songwriters, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern, mandolin and harmonica accompaniment), or with his long-time band The Bad Pennies. He has taken his songs of North-East England to concerts and festivals all across Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as building a sizeable following in Australia and New Zealand. Along the way he has gathered a long list of awards and nominations, including from the BBC Folk Awards and the Sony Radio Awards. His pace and enthusiasm for writing, performing and touring shows no sign of waning.  

Jez Lowe’s self-penned songs are among the mostly widely sung wherever folk and acoustic music is performed around the world. Over the last couple of decades, the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Unthanks, Wizz Jones, The McCalmans, Mary Black, The Duhks, Bob Fox, The Young Uns, Enda Kenny, Cherish The Ladies, Tom McConville, The Clancys and scores more, have queued up to adopt his songs for their own repertoires.

No wonder no less than Richard Thompson has called him “The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time”, and personally invited him to play at Thompson’s Meltdown Festival at London’s South Bank Centre in 2010.  

Jez Lowe’s contributions to the on-going BBC Radio series The Radio Ballads has cemented this reputation, with a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming its way. The project culminated in a live BBC Radio 2 broadcast In November 2018 to commemorate The Great War Centenary that featured Jez alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and narrator Michael Morpurgo. 

Jez is also known for his collaborations with fellow artists, notably a long-established partnership with Canadian songwriter James Keelaghan, and a recent duo stint with ace guitarist Steve Tilston that resulted in a best-selling album, “The Janus Game” in 2018. Most notably,as part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a series of sell-out theatre performances around the UK. 

As BBC Radio DJ Mike Harding said recently, “No-one else writes or sounds like Jez Lowe”, and chances are, even if you’ve never heard the man himself, you’ll have heard his songs, sung at festivals, club-gigs, open-mikes or on CD, by the great and good, the professional and the enthusiast, the young and not-so-young. What higher accolade could a songwriter hope for?

Jez Lowe is one of our finest songwriters.’ BBC Radio 2

27th July

Quicksilver
(£9 / £10)

Once upon a time you could estimate a band’s musical genre by its name; for instance, the Joe Bloggs String Quartet. Instantly you knew there was no trumpet, no sax, and no washboard, and that “Rock Around the Clock” was not going to feature in the show. These days, now that we are all getting on a bit, it’s not so easy – in fact it’s impossible. You can’t be sure that you will enjoy the evening so you don’t go, then you learn from your friends a few days later that you missed an ABSOLUTE CRACKER. That’s just what happened on Friday 25 May in Harvington, where about a thousand souls missed out. Still, no doubt there was some scintillating crap on some obscure TV channel at home; perhaps BBC1 for example.

So, what can we say of “Quicksilver”. This extremely talented and versatile acoustic duo of Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham set the scene off with a bang, having got everyone gripped from the outset. Their eclectic mix of some great ‘standards’ and own-penned songs in a variety of styles from folk, acappella. cowboy, blues, jazz, classical, and more, interspersed with stories and anecdotes of reflection and satirical comment, all wrapped up in a package of humour and hilarity, provided the ultimate in entertainment. Perhaps one of the great highlights for many was the closing number for the first-half, a superb rendition of the well known classic “Let’s Do It!”, made famous by Victoria Wood.

Hilary’s 20 years international experience as lead singer with an acappella trio combined with Grant’s mastery of the guitar and supreme song-writing ability are blended together in a tightly managed and executed performance that zipped along with silk-smooth finesse. It looked so effortless and laid back as if it was a jam session, yet the polished style of this show was really a true marvel of entertainment at its best. Both Hilary and Grant exhibited the enthusiasm and energy of two people who really love what they do, and making others love the humour along with them at the same time. Fantabulous!


 All Wednesdays
without guests.

Singers Nights.
Admission £2 for everyone.

Bring your instruments, poems, stories and particularly your favourite songs and join in - or just listen or sing the choruses.

 

 

 

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