James Keelaghan & Jez Lowe
Dirty Linen calls Britain's Jez Lowe "a songwriter whose music reflects a heartfelt respect and appreciation for the working people who are ground beneath the wheels of corporate and governmental machinery." Jez Lowe tells stories of the people of his native northeast England. He emerged onto the folk scene in his trademark striped shirt in 1980, and since then his songs have been recorded by the Tannahill Weavers, Fairport Convention, Cherish the Ladies, and many other leading lights of folk music in the British Isles.
James Keelaghan is listed in the Canadian Encyclopedia (his entry, he's pleased to note, is longer than the one for the Royal Bank but shorter than the Red Squirrel entry). His art is deeply rooted in his native country, but he has a following all over the English-speaking world. Why? There are lots of reasons, but when you get right down to it, James Keelaghan is a true storyteller—an explorer of North America's history and peoples (including those of Latin descent, who have also influenced him musically), of the natural world, of the dark corners of his own psyche. He seems to tap into the deep roots of folk music even as he forges a style that's all his own.