Folk with Terri Freeman

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IT’S a question of quality rather than quantity in the local folk clubs this week.

Saturday sees a performance by one of the most admired performers on the British folk scene.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Steve Tilston has become widely known as someone who could stand alongside any guitarist/songwriiter in the world.

His songs, such as SlipJigs and Reels and the Naked Highwayman have been covered by an impressive array of luminaries, such as Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane and Peter Bellamy, as well as countless other performers on the folk circuit.

His guitar virtuosity is legendary among musicians at all levels. He has a huge catalogue of recordings made over the years of insightful, incisive and memorable lyrics and wonderful music.

Steve’s touring in this country and you can see him on Saturday at the Davy Lamp in the Arts Centre, Washington.

Regular readers of this column will know that I’m a big fan of Jez Lowe.

Jez is a North East treasure who is now getting the national and international recognition he deserves.

He’s a prolific writer of songs – all of which are highly evocative of the social, political and cultural nature of the North East.

He has a talent for picking up a common expression and weaving it into a great song – usually with a highly-singable chorus.

Jez is strutting his stuff on home turf this week, with a performance at the Rugby Club in Westoe on Sunday. Go and see him.

Singers’ nights this week can be found on Monday, at the Smiths Arms, Chester-le-Street, the Sun Inn, Stockton and the Bridge Newcastle; Tuesday, at the Sports Club, Newton Aycliffe, the Daleside Arms, Croxdale, the Hind, Cramlington and the South Causey Inn, Stanley; Wednesday at the Catholic Club, Birtley and the Pot & Glass, Egglescliffe and on Thursday, at the Tap and Spile, Durham, the Wellington, Wolviston, Darlington