"One of the best
you will witness”
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.
Meanwhile, his involvement in the award-winning BBC series The Radio Ballads continues, with his song The Wrong Bus singled out for inclusion on Radio 4’s Pick of the Year last year, and five more of his contributions included in the BBC Radio broadcast featuring the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2019. Many of these songs also feature on his last solo album, The Ballad Beyond, the success of which prompted a feature in fRoots magazine and glowing reviews the world over
A special anniversary was celebrated at the beginning of 2020, when Fellside Records released a five CD set of Jez’ solo albums, forty years since the release of his debut LP in 1980. “The Jez Lowe Fellside Collection” contains every track that Jez ever recorded for the label, up to 1993, and also includes extensive liner notes by producer Paul Adams.
A new solo album, “Crazy Pagan”, his first for six years, and recorded during the lockdown of 2020, has just been released. Twelve new songs, with Jez playing all the instruments and doing all the vocal work, this new CD is a solo album in every sense. The new album is a tantalising, not to say hopeful glimpse towards the future.