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Jez Lowe And The Bad Pennies - Wotcheor
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 10/02/2011 04:39:04
Whatever Im doing everything grinds to a halt whenever I receive a disk featuring Jez Lowe. The reason for this is that I know, even before Ive had a chance to get the shrink wrap off the CD box Im in for another musical treat. With an eye to catch the mind of anyone who enjoyed the antics of Arthur Askey or more regionally that of the debt ridden Bobby The Little Waster Thompson, Lowe has managed, utilising the services of designer Bryan Ledgard and photographer Penelope Page to convey the image of a bygone era Radio Show. Even the introduction with its crackling signal tuning in to the first song Barnstorming and a delightful rendition of Billy Piggs Biddlestone Hornpipe performed by The Bad Pennies Northumbrian piper Andy May ably assisted by Kate Bramley (fiddle), David De La Haye (Bass), Jez on guitar and cittern and Hinny Pawsey (fiddle) the track is upbeat in that very North Eastern way. Jez is rightly proud of his North East roots and it couldnt be more apparent than this homage to an institution that is sadly no longer with us. Still, we have this recording to remind us as he introduces us to the indigenous characters through a vivid eye to detail in Watters Coming Annie (an analogy to a modern day Noah) and the laughter inducing Its A Champion Life with its comical references to the movie Its A Wonderful Life. Of course, no Jez Lowe album would be complete without a stand out track and for me, its the story of Darlings Other Daugther a song that conveys, perhaps not through bitterness, but more rightly the sadness of living in the shadow of an icon. As is the tradition, the last word goes to the continuity announcer (Bert Draycott) complimenting the musicians and contributions of special guests Benny Graham, Louisa Jo Killen, The Young Uns and The Tyneside Maritime Chorus. I could go on extolling the virtues of this wonderfully creative album but, as ever, the best way to conclude is to suggest that you buy the CD and find out for yourselves just how good it is.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: celtic3 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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