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GO: FOLK: PENNIES WELL WORTH SEEING.

Byline: Pete Willow

JEZ LOWE comes to the Warwick Folk Club on Monday with the latest all-star line-up of his band The Bad Pennies.

The leading singer-songwriter from the north-east makes his long-awaited visit to the town to appear at the Warwick Arms Hotel.

A fine singer and performer on cittern and guitar, Jez is the genius behind such classic songs as Durham Gaol, Coal Town Days and The Bergen which has been covered more than 20 times.

Artists who regularly perform Jez Lowe songs include Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, Mark Black and The McCalmans.

Jez has also been appointed as the unofficial songwriter in residence for the East Durham Arts Council.

Fiddle-player and singer Kate Bramley joined the Bad Pennies in 2000 and the band also features Andy May on Northumbrian pipes, accordion, keyboard and whistles, plus Simon Haworth on bass and keyboard.

These days, the folk club normally meets on Fridays, but this gig is a throwback to when the club used to run on Mondays at a different venue.

Advance tickets at pounds 6 are available when the club meets for a singers' night tonight - or phone 01926 811707.

PREPARE meanwhile to be amazed by the stunning guitarwork of Pete Smith and John Buckley, Sunday night's guests at the Styvechale Folk Club.

The duo formed after acoustic blues and jazz session guitarist Pete placed an ad in a magazine for someone to accompany him for gigs in restaurants.

His influences ranged from Stefan Grossman to Martin Carthy, and he immediately took to John's guitar playing.

John built up his experience both in bands and stage musicals and his guitar heroes include Adrian Legg, Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor.

The combined effect of their talent is breathtaking - definitely a must- see act.

The club is hosted by Mick Stuart and starts at 8.30pm in the Green Lane Ex-Services Club on Beanfield Avenue.

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NORTH-EAST SOUNDS: Jez Lowe (back, right) with fellow Bad Pennies Simon Haworth (back, left), Kate Bramley and Andy May
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Date:Apr 30, 2004
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