Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognized musical ambassador for his native North East England, with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances around the world over the last twenty years.
Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs, are Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy and literally hundreds of others. Songs like BACK IN DURHAM GAOL, THE BERGEN, GREEK LIGHTNING and THESE COAL TOWN DAYS have generated scores of cover versions around the globe, and are now classics of their kind.
He has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, both solo and with the Bad Pennies, including the main stages at Edmonton Festival (Canada), Tonder Festival (Denmark), The Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian (US), Port Fairy and Byron Bay Festivals (Australia) and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain.
In 2006 Jez participated in a hugely successful radio documentary series for the BBC, entitled THE RADIO BALLADS, for which he composed 23 new songs, many of which are already finding their way into the repertoires of his peers, and also formed the basis of a new album for Jez himself “Jack Common’s Anthem” released in 2007. The RADIO BALLADS went on to be honored with two SONY RADIO ACADEMY Awards and Jez himself was nominated for “FOLKSINGER OF THE YEAR” in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008.
Jez’s 2009 started with a hectic world tour that took in New Zealand and Australia with his new album of 2008 “Northern Echoes” winner of an Indie-Acoustic Award in the USA in 2009 in the “Best Lyrics” catergory. Most recently he collaborated with Karine Polwart, Stu Hannah, Emily Smith, Mark Erelli and others on songs for the “Darwin Song Project” featured on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2. Recording for a new one-off BBC Radio Ballad program should also be starting soon, and is scheduled to be broadcast in March.