Parish Notices [Bonus Tracks]

The Parish Notices [Bonus Tracks]

by Jez Lowe
     
 

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Born in the coal-mining town of Easlington, in the Northeast of England, Jez Lowe's music is truly a product of the region and the Geordie tradition. Much like fellow Briton, Richard Thompson, who referred to him as "the best songwriter to come out of England in a long time," Lowe's songs can often sound as if they had sprung from

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Born in the coal-mining town of Easlington, in the Northeast of England, Jez Lowe's music is truly a product of the region and the Geordie tradition. Much like fellow Briton, Richard Thompson, who referred to him as "the best songwriter to come out of England in a long time," Lowe's songs can often sound as if they had sprung from another time, while at the same time they are both timely and relevant. Throughout Parish Notices there's the convergence of the old and the new. And while there's a reverence for the past, there's also an understanding of the present, and how the two are intertwined. Furthermore, his citterns, accordions, whistles, and references to the Northumbrian folk song, "Bonny at Morn," the ancient drums and Johnny Handle (of the traditional group the High Level Ranters), are able to coexist alongside "Stand by Your Man," drum machines, Oasis and Sting. And if there may be a tendency to romanticize the past, as in the otherwise clever and engaging " Glad Rags Again," tunes such as "Spares or Repairs" and "If I Had Another Penny" are sober looks at its underside. Elsewhere, Lowe writes of prejudice, unemployment, resentment, and drinking with a hand that is both subtle and powerful. Still, amidst the bleak bitterness of "Spitting Cousins," the intolerance of the title cut, and the absent father in "Sod All," Parish Notices also has a playful side, as well as wry touches of humor. The sprightly drunkards' lament, "The Limping Drinker's Polka," and "Idle Time"'s somewhat sardonic, keep-your-chin-up attitude, are both light and pointed, while the evocative homesickness of "Had Away, Gan On" (a regional phrase meaning "away with you, go on") is probably the record's most charming track. Musically, Lowe and his Bad Pennies are steeped in the traditional sound of the Northumbrian region, yet with a freshness and originality that can be missing in some traditionally based records. Originally released in 1998 by Green Linnet and reissued in 2003 with three bonus tracks on Lowe's own Tantobie label, Parish Notices is as good as contemporary folk songwriting gets. Highly recommended. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Tantobie Records
UPC:
0805397010423
catalogNumber:
104
Rank:
224384

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jez Lowe   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Cittern,Guitar (Nylon String)
Jake Walton   Hurdy-Gurdy
Billy Surgeoner   Fiddle,Percussion,Piano,Violin,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Human Whistle,Wood Whistle
Jez Luton   Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Double Bass,Electric Upright Bass
Judy Dinning   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Bodhran

Technical Credits

Fred Purser   Producer
Billy Surgeoner   Voice Sample
Jez Lowe   Producer,Liner Notes
Jim Rasfeld   Graphic Design
Gene Shay   Liner Notes
Bad Pennies   Producer
Wolfgang Wolff   Graphic Design,Cover Art
George Welch   Engineer
Andy Smyser   Producer,Liner Notes

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