The old pit head at St. Hilda’s, South Shields, has been been given a new lease of life by the Building Preservation Trust and is now home to CAP-NE and The Miners’ Banner Group. Iain And Steve joined Westoe Brass, Tony Wilson and George Welch/Christine Jeans in providing music throughout the day.
Lowp were privileged to perform at the end of the Winner’s Concert on Saturday night at Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. The concert showcases the previous year’s competition winners, who each do a spot before the guest act finishes off the evening. The Town Hall was packed for a night of great performances from the various winners which we were able to enjoy before our own 40 minute set. Many thanks to the people who came to support all of the performers and to the Gathering organisers for working so hard to make sure everything ran smoothly.
We’ll be doing the Saturday night concert slot at the 51st Morpeth Gathering this year, in the wonderful setting of Morpeth Town Hall. The Gathering runs from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April, and features a huge amount of traditional Northumbrian concerts, competitions, poetry and song, as well as the Saturday morning Border Cavalcade.
This year the theme is ‘Back to the Roots’, focusing on Northumberland’s traditional music, song, dance, craft & dialect with concerts, workshops, sessions, barn dance, stories, street shows, stalls, living history, dance displays, competitions, bells, tours & talks.
There will be Musician’s Sessions at the Tap & Spile, Singarounds at the Joiners’ Arms, Pipers’ Session at Riverside Lodge with Keith Davidson, and Dave Harker will be talking about his new book on the life of Ned Corvan – who wrote the song from which our CD was named.
And we might have a few CDs left to sell.
“..a very good package of songs and tunes, some familiar and some with echoes of familiarity and a great sense that they are enjoying themselves, and so should we.”
Lovely review from Richard Hollingum at Folk Radio UK. Read the full review here.
Well, we’ve finally gotten round to putting instruments to microphones! The Lowp debut album, ‘Drive Away Dull Care’, will be available from 13th November. The launch will be happening at South Shields Folk Club on Sunday 12th November, and we will have plenty of copies available at the gig. If you can’t make the launch we’ll be selling at gigs and also offering a digital download via bandcamp.
The album was recorded this summer at Studio One with the help of the wonderful Ron Angus and we’re slightly chuffed with it.