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Jex Lowe and Kate Bramley

When:

Sun 19 Feb 2012, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $15.00
  • Non-members: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

For the last thirty years, singer and songwriter Jez Lowe has taken his songs of life in his native North East England to audiences across the world.

Sometimes solo, sometimes with his band The Bad Pennies, and sometimes in a variety of collaborative and commissioned musical enterprises, Jez is one of the most hard-working and popular acoustic/folk artists of the present day.

His latest album, his fifteenth, Wotcheor!, has once more thrust him into the spotlight, with a successful series of stage shows and a fistful of outstanding reviews, and a renewed interest in his brand of pointed, poignant and powerful musical epistles from the north.

Jez has received a nomination for Folksinger of the Year in the BBC Folk Awards, an Album of the Year award in the US-based Indie-Acoustic Awards and a Sony Radio Award for his contribution to the prestigious Radio Ballads series for the BBC over the last five years alone.

As well as his own performances and tours around the globe, featuring Jez accompanying himself on guitar, cittern, mandolin and harmonica, Jez's songs also travel independently, thanks to cover versions by the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, Cherish The Ladies, The Tannahill Weavers, The McCalmans, Bob Fox, The Black Family, The Clancys and scores more folk acts around the world.

Kate Bramley is a fine singer and instrumentalist, who began her music career singing in local folk clubs in Cornwall with her father.

In the early '90s she frequently performed in the USA with the four part a capella group, Northern Harmony, and in 1992 she joined the band Sweetgrass in Ireland, recording three albums and touring extensively in the US and the UK.

In the late 1990s Kate was the fiddle player and harmony vocalist for the Yorkshire-based band Freewheelin' and began a collaboration with Jez on an Arts Council commissioned folk-symphony Sea of Light to mark the Millennium.

Kate joined The Bad Pennies in November 2000 as fiddle player and vocalist. She still tours solo, and also with US-based Sweetgrass. Her solo album of 2000, Out On My Own and her earlier Walking Home are now unavailable but re-pressed as a compilation CD, Old Fashioned Looking Glass.

In 2006 Kate released a new solo album, Little Canaan, produced by Jez, and featuring a mixture of traditional and original songs, including some cover versions of other writers' songs. 'The impressive Kate Bramley' was how the Daily Telegraph described her voice and music.

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