Concert Review: Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies at Lichfield Guildhall

Reviewer: Samantha Jones with photographs by Dave Jones

On Friday 8th November, Lichfield Arts had a great turn out for Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies. This four-piece Folk band hail from the North East of England. Jez led the band through a mix of old and new songs, some lively, some slower ballads.

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Through their songs we got a real sense of place, heritage and characters from the North East. Every song told a story and coal mining songs are a particular theme for this tour. Jez told us about some of the miners of County Durham who wrote songs about their life. They were known as the “Pitman Poets”, a phrase used by Jez as a song title.

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

What really strikes you is how multi-talented the band is. They move between different instruments and vocals with ease. Jez is on lead guitar and vocals, and also plays the harmonica. David de la Haye keeps a strong bass line going and provides backing vocals. The evocative sound of the Northumbrian pipes comes from Andy May, who also plays keyboards and whistle. Usual fiddler Kate Bramley was unable to make this tour so the band is joined by Kari MacLeod. Kari is a skilled fiddler who also provides haunting vocals on two songs.

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

The audience really enjoyed this gig and Lichfield Arts wishes Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies all the best for the rest of the tour.

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