THE DILLEN DOLL – first novel and new CD from Jez Lowe
We’re pleased to announce that Jez’s first novel, entitled “The Dillen Doll” will be published next month by Badapple Books in the UK. A new album of traditional folk songs, also titled “The Dillen Doll”, will be released by Tantobie Records to coincide with the book.
The novel is set at the turn of the nineteenth century, and brings together characters from various folk songs of the period, centrally a woman called Dolly Coxon, who is mentioned, albeit obliquely, in the well-known song from Newcastle Upon Tyne, “Do Li A”. This is her story, as imagined by Jez, going some way to explain why an impoverished woman from the Tyne quayside should have been celebrated in a song that has survived for over two hundred years.
The song itself is one of “around fifteen” that have been fashioned into a suite of songs to reflect the narrative and evoke the musical background of the tale. The album features The Bad Pennies, plus Rachel Hamer and Benny Graham on backing vocals, and with a cover painting by Kari MacLeod.
Track titles are as follows – THE WAGGON WAY / BENWELL LASS / BROOM BEZZOMS / FILL THE TANKARD / MARKET DAY / BLIND WILLIE / BYKER HILL / FOLLOW THE HORSES / TENDER / KEEL LAD / LUMLEY / BOBBY SHAFTO / SALTY SHIELDS / SAIR FAIL’D / DO LI A . Other songs and tunes are referenced throughout the continuous piece.