Jez Lowe to appear at Royal Oak Pub

Jez Lowe to appear at Royal Oak Pub


Jez Lowe, British musician and songwriter from Durham, England, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at the Royal Oak Pub, 6280 Vicksburg Rd., Rockford. The show is presented by the Rock River Friends of Folk Music.

Lowe rarely tours the U.S., and then only the East coast. This time he is also making a quick visit to the Midwest. Since he’s appearing in Wisconsin and Indiana, he’ll also swing by Rockford to perform for his only Illinois concert.

Lowe has spent the last 20 years taking his songs of his native northeast England to audiences around the world. Throughout Europe and North America, around the highways of Britain, and across New Zealand and Australia, sometimes with his group The Bad Pennies, he has often found that his songs preceded him. Recorded by groups such as Fairport Convention, the Dubliners, the Tannahill Weavers and scores more, the songs are widely sung in clubs, festivals and concert halls the world over.

As a “live” performer, Lowe is one of the busiest around, accompanying himself on guitar, cittern, dulcimer and harmonica, and with what London’s Time Out magazine called “his engaging Northern wit.”

With a dozen albums to his credit, along with an acclaimed BBC radio series, A Song for Geordie, which he wrote and presented himself, a catalog of almost 100 songs and extremely busy schedule, Lowe continues to make his mark on music.

He has a gentle, soothing voice and a strong Durham accent that complement his powerful songs of the people, such as the coal miners of Northumbria—such as his father—who spent their lives “digging for black diamonds, miles beneath the ground.”

Cost is $7 for RRFFM members, $10 all others. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. For information and/or instructions to the Royal Oak Pub, call (815) 399-7334, or e-mail

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