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Gannins On…

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.

Happy New Year

Lowp have been tucked away in their Tyneside hovel over the winter, huddled around their coal fire, & recording some of their songs. Check them out on our Facebook Band Page.

We’ll also be working on some new tune sets based around the border piping tradition, including some of the earliest written Northumbrian piping tunes. Hopefully these will be recorded and available online over the next month or two.

Spring Sessions & Autumn Gales

It’s been a busy Spring & Autumn for Lowp this year. May saw the band in Whitby for the Whitby Spring Session. Lowp ran the music sessions in The Station Hotel on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. With some great tunes and crack, the sessions saw the likes of Alastair Russell and George Unthank providing some welcome vocal magic. Many thanks must go to the warm hearted and friendly local session players who gave us a great welcome, and made the sessions the highlight of our weekend. To top it all, the band played a support set (see a clip on youTube) at Whitby Rugby Club for the great Colum Sands. Colum is fantastic teller of tales and a great songwriter who hails from the very beautiful Rostrevor in Co. Down. Well worth a trip, doubly so if you get to see Colum weave his magic at the same time.

After a quiet summer of band members wandering off to various different climes the Autumn has seen the band kick back into gear with a return to South Shields Folk Club and whole new raft of traditional material, from the sublime beauty of Bold Riley to the lively and cheeky Ladies Don’t Go Thieving. The SSFC crowd enjoyed another night of powerful and impassioned music, be it Durham mining songs or Jacobite anthems, Breton dances or Northumbrian rants.

The quick follow up to Shields was an open air gig in aid of the Alzheimers Society, as part of their Memory Walk events, in Saltwell Park, Gateshead. The band put in a literally storming set, as gale force winds threatened to tear the flimsy stage to pieces. However, the band played on and kept the crowd warm with a very lively and upbeat set of stirring songs and rollicking dance tunes. You couldn’t have more fun in the tail end of a hurricane if you tried!

Whitby Spring Session

Lowp will be appearing throughout the Whitby Spring Session 27th 28th & 29th May 2011, culminating in a Sunday night support slot for Vin Garbutt. The weekend is packed full of music and sessions.

The base for the weekend is the Whitby Rugby Club. Further details from http://www.moorandcoast.co.uk/

Derwentwater’s Farewell - traditional Northumbrian song of James Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater. Celebrated locally as an honest and good man, James was executed for his part in the 1715 Jacobite uprising.

This is Lowp’s first Breton set. Ev Chistr’ Ta Laou is the tune to a popular Breton cider drinking song, whilst An Dro and Laride are dances from the Pays Vannetais region of Brittany.

Salmontails/Whinham’s Reel/Unknown

Lowp perform the great Ed Pickford song ‘Farewell Johnny Miner’ during their debut gig at South Shields Folk Club, December 2010.