Festival Q&A:
Jez Lowe

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UK folk veteran Jez Lowe wears many hats – one half of a duo with Steve Tilston, frontman for the Pitman Poets and songwriter for the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and The Young Uns. He appears solo at Beverley Folk Festival, 17-19 June.

How would you describe your sound?

Acoustic troubadour folk

Tell us what you’ve been up to since last summer?
I’ve been on the road, mainly in the UK but also in the USA and Holland, playing solo and also in a duo with Steve Tilston and with the Pitmen Poets, a show about mining songs from the North East.

What festivals are you playing this year?
Beverley, Towersey, Wirral, Doncaster, Hebden Bridge, Chippenham, Cleckheaton, Bromsgrove, Sidmouth, Music on the Marr, Nottingham Riverside, Saltburn, Whitby, Bromyard and Edinburgh Fringe.

Who else are you excited to see at the festivals?
Kate Fox and Union Jill, Gilmore and Roberts, Steve Tilston, Tim Edey.

If you could curate your own festival with artists dead or alive what would the line-up look like?
Jimi Hendrix and let him choose everyone else!

What’s your best festival memory?
First one I went to – Hexham in 1973. Great line-up (Nic Jones, Vin Garbutt, Barbara Dickson, Lizzie Higgins, Albion Country Band) and I met all the local performers, who would become close friends in the years afterwards.

What’s in your festival survival kit?
Two pairs of socks and a banana.

Apart from music, what should the ideal festival have?
Some professional theatre performance, small company, versatile but high class.

Antonia Charlesworth

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