CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present legendary United Kingdom artist Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center. There will be a preshow jam at 6:30 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam for a few minutes with the artists.

Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, with more than a dozen albums and countless live performances around the world over the last 20 years.

Strong vocals, backed by guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian pipes have made Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies one of Britain’s top attractions on the folk/acoustic/celtic circuit.

Among those who have recorded their own versions of Lowe’s songs are Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish The Ladies, Gordon Bok, The McCalmans, The Black Brothers, Liam Clancy and Bob Fox. Songs like “Back in Durham Gaol,” “The Bergen,” “Greek Lightning” and “These Coal Town Days” have generated scores of cover versions around the globe.

Lowe has performed, both as a soloist and with the Bad Pennies, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Edmonton Festival in Canada, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, the Port Fairy and Byron Bay festivals in Australia and at concerts and festivals in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Spain.

Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445 for reservations. More information is available at

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