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Rid Sonja

JEZ LOWE

This in ma third week in a row thit ah've gone along tae the Star tae see 3 very diffrint shows:

The wonderful Dick Gaughan who gave us such a superlative evening that those who saw him fur the first time ur still talkin aboot it. Smilie_PDT Smilie_PDT

The underwhelming 'Miner's Row' concert.

The superlative Jez Lowe from Co Durham finished the trio.

There is nuthin like watchin a Master Performer and songwriter working an audience from the stage and both the first and last of these three concerts were peerless examples of that Art.

I was sitting next to a couple who had never seen Jez before and when they asked what he was like I could only think of describing him as a very 'warm' entertainer. He is someone who, through a variety of techniques introduces his songs so that the audience is always primed to the song about to be sung, and feels like they already know it..even when he sings songs which are just 'off the press' as it wur. He had us singing from the first chorus of the first song. That, along with a musicianship that included his guitar in both 'normal' and 'open' tunings, plus a number of peddles which allowed the guitar to range from  an 'acoustic' sound to a more 'electric chorus' sound, giving an range of textures and expressiveness which the unembellished guitar just can't produce. He also played bouzouki and mandolin. Along with his ability to play in numerous different styles oan each of his instruments, each song had its own particular individual 'feel'. So many lesser performers often fall into the trap of playing the same way with each instrument which can easily lead to an attention fatigue within the audience. But last night, no one left their seats or, as far as I could see, lost interest in the man front and centre of the stage. At the end of the evening, I asked the couple what they thought "Absolutely wonderful.", "Never seen anything like it. He was interesting, funny, informative and engaging. And you could hear every syllable that he sung." Ahhh..I said, having a decent sound-man helps in that department, but it does need the performer to enunciate every word properly, and, unlike Jez, not all do.

I must also comment upon the floorspots last night which were also excellent. First off, two women: Susan McLure and Eileen Penman singing unaccompanied traditional songs. They were done with verve and humour...and their voices blended beautifully annaw...and damn fine voices they wur tae! Smilie_PDT Smilie_PDT

The second floor spot wiz Kate Krammer, a Mercun fiddler who's lived in this country fur 20 years. She hiz a number ae fiddlin styles: country, Appalaichian, Jazz, as well as Irish n Scottish trad fiddling. Ah hicny seen hur fur a while, so it wiz a real pleasure to hear hur wance again.

So, all in all, an excellent evening.

Next week it's Collum Sands. Another Master Performer..and from Ireland this time. Ah canny wait! Smilie_PDT Smilie_PDT :sheep:
East Coaster

We had a very good gig too....  cheers

Also, Colum Sands will be at EFC shortly but not next week. It'll be our first october gig.  colors

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