Well, we didn’t win Best Band at the BBC Folk Awards but we did manage to get a play and some very nice praise on Mike Harding’s new folk show. Mike has continued where he left off with Radio 2 in producing a top class programme showcasing the best in folk music, past and present. It was a real privilege for us to hear our version of Ed Pickford’s ‘Farewell Johnny Miner’ played alongside such legends Bandoggs, Leadbelly and Dick Gaughan. We are, not surprisingly, geet chuffed!
To top it off we have been rising up the Reverbnation regional folk charts and finished the week at #8. And then Le Toon decided they better up their game if they wanted to stay in the same league as us, and went and beat Chelsea.
What a week!!!
Lowp have been busy over the winter doing some recording of songs in the home studio. You can here them over at soundcloud.
Iain and Ben tested out a couple of new songs and tune sets at South Shields Folk Club last Sunday. A bit rough around the edges, but they went down well, and we’ll be trying out some more new stuff at East Boldon Folk Club 10th Anniversary on Thurs 8th March 2012. That’s at the Cricket Club in Boldon.
Looks like we are also provisionally booked for our ‘annual’ season opener at South Shields Folk Club at the beginning of September again this year.
Lowp played a good 45min set at the Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimers Society in Saltwell Park on the 11th Sept 2011. Despite gale force winds and a rapidly disintegrating stage, the lads & lass put in a great performance of classic songs and tunes, old and new. Steve, being the consummate professional he is, managed to carry on playing whilst being shrouded in the stage tarpaulin.
With new songs being aired for only the second time in a week, the band were slightly nervous, but the force 9 gale soon blew away the fear & the music took over. The tune sets went down particularly well with the shivering crowd, with even the local teenagers discarding their inhibitions and getting down to the “funky” rhythm (audience member quote!!!). The band ended with their grand finale set of Breton dance tunes in a desperate bid to keep both musicians and audience warm.
A great day was had by all in spite of the weather.
Lowp took the reigns once again at South Shields Folk Club on Sept 4th 2011. With a new set of songs and tunes, alongside old classics like Johnny Miner, the Westoe Rugby club was rocked by the hammering strings, driving accordion & flute, sublime fiddle and stirring pipes that have become their trademark sound.
The audience joined with the hauntingly slow version of the sea shanty Bold Riley, and the rip-roaring version of Madam I’m A Darling almost brought the house down. The Lowp mix of light and heavy, great songs and ranting tunes was again a great success at the club and the band can’t wait to play there again… hint hint!
Up next is an open air set in Saltwell Park in aid of the Alzheimers Society. A tall order with a non-folk audience, but the band can’t wait to get stuck in!
A lovely video done on a mobile phone, from our debut gig at South Shields Folk Club, available over at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK32w-y62-Q . Also available at http://www.myspace.com/lowpband
Lowp enjoyed a great debut gig at South Shields Folk Club on Sunday night. Thanks to all who came and made it such an enjoyable night with a great atmosphere.
With an eclectic mix of Tyneside songs and tunes jostling for position with Irish jigs and Scottish marches, songs from The Banks of the Bann & the Tyne, the dance music of Northumberland interspersed with that of Brittanny, Ireland, Scotland and France, there was something for everyone. There was even some newly composed music on display, from the pens of our own Pete Brown & Iain Gelston, and some fantastic new tunes from the excellent Sunderland luthier Tony Black. Continue reading