It's the Jez Lowe mini-series. Today, another outing for the Salut! Live tradition of posing a set of quick-ask, quick-reply questions as a companion to the main interview.
We heard from Jez at length at this link.
Here, the questions about the North East reflect his origins (mine, too, after a shaky start in Hove). Batter versus scraps may baffle people from other parts of the world - it's just a case of what to call the bits of batter that fall off the fish when frying. In Shildon, Co Durham, they're scraps or were when I was a lad; in Sunderland, they think you're a posh southerner if you don't call them batter.
Fastest responses? The "EU or isolation?" (bravo, Jez, for knowing the right answer) and Dylan questions. Slowest? Favourite spot in the North East (I recall a former Sunderland player, Lorik Cana, a very hard Albanian defensive midfielder, also thinking highly of Jez's choice).
Still to come: a review of Crazy Pagan, Jez's new album ...
Did Billy Elliot serve Easington well
Not really. The film was made, then nothing for a long while before it came out and. seemed to evaporate.
Fiction or biography
Whitley Bay or Saltburn
Favourite Yorkshire dale
I’d probably say Swaledale, around Richmond
Favourite spot in the North East
How you remember Sunderland 1-0 Leeds 1973
Blimey. The homecoming parade – what a massive impact on me
Brian Clough or Kevin Phillips
Scraps or batter
Benidorm or Cape Breton
Cape Breton for the music, for everything really. Just magical
Dream holiday destination
Best McGarrigles song
Talk to me of Mendocino
Fairport or Steeleye
Dylan acoustic, electric or …
Any way he chooses
Best Irish band
Best British folk singer (male)
Best British folk singer (female)
Sylvia Barnes - Scottish traditional singer who has sung with me on a couple of my albums
Do you have a copy of The Who's album, Who's Next?, the cover for which was shot her your home in Easington?
I do, but on vinyl and haven't listened to it for years
Lockdown or masks off
Lockdown. For me, a sort of safety net, quite comforting
EU or isolation
Jez Lowe five years from now
[laughs]. Still playing, still working