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Jez Lowe And the Bad Pennies

Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies (Jez Lowe, Sean Taylor, Kate Bramley, Andy May). Photographer Alan Bennington

Flying Piglets present

Jez Lowe And the Bad Pennies
Concert for Fringe 06, Wed 1 March, Wellington Arts Centre

JEZ LOWE, master songwriter and performer, brings to Fringe 06 an evening of vivid social commentary, great tunes and intelligent humour.

Jez is widely renowned as one of England's best folk rock songwriters and one of the most entertaining performers on the international scene. With a blend of memorable lyrics, humour and lively tunes, Jez's songs reflect his roots in the North East of England.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe's songs are Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, Gordon Bok, The McCalmans, The Black Family, Liam Clancy and literally hundreds of artists from as far away as Australia, Canada, and the U.S. Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, BLACK DIAMOND and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions, and are now classics of their kind.

In 1997, the BBC commissioned Jez to write and present a 7-part radio series on the music of North East England, entitled A SONG FOR GEORDIE, further establishing him as an ambassador for his native region.

Jez is one of the busiest artists on the international circuit, performing both as a solo artist and with his backing band The Bad Pennies. He has played at some of the most prestigious venues in the folk world with the band, including the Main Stage at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tonder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center (US), and the Smithsonian (US).

On his 2006 tour to Australasia the man from Durham is backed by The Bad Pennies: violinist Kate Bramley, Andy May on Northumbrian pipes and Sean Taylor, bass.

KATE BRAMLEY joined the Pennies in November of 2000 as fiddle player and vocalist. Her lyrical violin playing and lovely vocal work are a joy to hear. In addition to a career in music, Kate has a career as a theatre writer and director, running her own BadApple Theatre.

ANDY MAY, who joined the Bad Pennies in 2002, brings a whole new dimension to the band, with his accordion, Northumbrian smallpipes, and whistles, this multi-instrumentalist has quickly expanded from being a sought-after session player for the likes of Kathryn Tickell, to a valued member of a live performance band.

SEAN TAYLOR joined the band in May 2004 on fretless bass, percussion and backing vocals. His understanding of the fretless bass with Irish music has been universally admired, “Such tasteful bass guitar” - Irish Music Mag; “That ingenious mix of African and Celtic” - Steve Dietrich Celtic Airs Radio, USA; “Slap bass Township style with a capitol T” - Folk Roots.

With 14 full length recordings to his credit, numerous tracks on compilation projects, three songbooks and a consistently full international touring calendar, JEZ LOWE has proven himself as one of the most popular & respected performers on the international folk scene.

"Sincere, real, rootsy and honest and, for anyone who is not already a member of his considerable band of acolytes, well worth checking out." Andy Parker, Burton Mail, UK



Show Name: Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies
Production Company: Flying Piglets/ Acoustic Routes
Show Genre: Music
Show Venue: The Back Room, Wellington Arts Centre
Date: Wednesday 1st March 8pm (one Wellington show only)
Duration; 2x 45min sets (interval)
Cost: Full; $25
Conc: $20
Fringe; $18
Child; $10
Group over 10 $20
Ticketing Agency Ph (04) 477 3415.

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