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Jez Lowe is an English folk singer-songwriter. Lowe is known primarily for his compositions dealing with daily life in North-East England, particularly in his hometown of Easington Colliery. He performs both as a solo artist and with his backing band, The Bad Pennies.

Lowe was born into a coal mining family with Irish roots, and raised in County Durham, England, where he grew up witnessing the decline of the coal-mining industry that had defined the region’s economic profile for generations. A great many of Lowe’s compositions address the economic distress that the North Country has suffered as a result of this industrial decline, and the social repercussions thereof. “Galloways,” “Nearer to Nettles,” and “These Coal Town Days” are among the songs that directly address economic conditions. In the much larger category of social impact songs, well known Lowe compositions are “Big Meeting Day,” “Greek Lightning,” and “Last of the Widows.” Numerous other songs by Lowe deal with the general issues of poverty and limited social opportunity in the region. This may give the impression that Lowe is a deadly serious singer-songwriter and he is, but the seriousness is leavened by an ever-present sense of humour.

In addition to singing his songs, Lowe accompanies himself and The Bad Pennies on guitar, harmonica, cittern, and piano.


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  • daverena

    i have got all of jez's albums, he is definatley one of the best traditional singer songwriters around.

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Pilchard Chops

    You won't make old bones.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Thermador

    Jez is a colliery boy, Easington, not a lot of folk can live up to this guy...another way under appreciated bloke... I'm an Easington lad he gives me something to aspire to. Any local folkies want to give it a go? Howay buy your son a drink!

    20 Sep 2009 Reply
  • wildefae

    Saw Jez Lowe in Louisville (twice - once at the Rudyard Kipling, once at the Palace with a really poor turnout: oh well, better for the rest of us in the front rows) - amazing. :D

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Cankerio

    Durhams on the Wear ...not the Tyne

    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Pilchard Chops

    Its howay the lads. On Tyneside

    6 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Cankerio

    Ha way the lads

    3 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Pilchard Chops

    If Mike Neville said then it must be true.

    26 Mar 2007 Reply

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