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Review: Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies @ Castle, W/Boro'

GUEST,Claire M (Permanant GUEST!) 21 Jul 12 - 12:28 PM
Charley Noble 21 Jul 12 - 12:48 PM
GUEST,ploppo 21 Jul 12 - 02:23 PM
OlgaJ 21 Jul 12 - 03:23 PM
Elmore 21 Jul 12 - 04:15 PM
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Subject: Review: Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies @ Castle, W/Boro'
From: GUEST,Claire M (Permanant GUEST!)
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 12:28 PM

Hiya,

I was looking forward to this. I've often thought that things you think won't be any good turn out to be great, and things you think will be great don't turn out to be.

JL made me think of a gnome for some reason. He's a grumpy git, like me. The girl on violin was good, especially when she played fast, because I could close my eyes and imagine it was someone else playing. Her voice was somewhat lower than what I'm used to. The Bad Pennies' name was more interesting than they were for the most part.

There was a lot of comedy in-between and comedy songs; maybe I just didn't get Jez's humour, I don't know.

Their song about the pit ponies "blind eyes a-gazin' " really got to me, because I didn't realise it was talking about real ponies; I thought it was a name for a machine – and also for other reasons totally unrelated.

The dirge they did was good; I do love my dirges!

I was raised with songs about ghosts and hanging and blood dripping everywhere but I heard a total of none. When I saw the Melrose Quartet (have you seen them ??), their close-harmony singing made me feel faint, it was that good. There was none of that, either. If I'd been raised with JL & TBP's style of folk, rather than the sort I mentioned, I'd probably have loved it.

They weren't terrible; they just weren't to my taste, and I doubt I'll be going again.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies @ Castle, W/Boro'
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 12:48 PM

"Their song about the pit ponies "blind eyes a-gazin' " really got to me, "

That is one of Jez's earlier songs. You might actually enjoy more of his earlier recordings. Check out his website.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Review: Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies @ Castle, W/Boro'
From: GUEST,ploppo
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 02:23 PM

going to see him again soon - he's brilliant.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies @ Castle, W/Boro'
From: OlgaJ
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 03:23 PM

Seen him about 6 times in the last two years at festivals and in folk clubs with and without the Bad Pennies and once with the Big Bad Pennies. Brilliant every time but in different ways. Much better than when I saw him over 30 years ago in a strange Civic Hall in Northamptonshire, but that might have been more to do with the venue and the audience than the artist, or perhaps its me that's changed, who can tell.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies @ Castle, W/Boro'
From: Elmore
Date: 21 Jul 12 - 04:15 PM

I really enjoy kate bramley, the fiddle player.


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