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Low is an American indie rock group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993. As of now, the group is composed of founding members Alan Sparhawk (guitar and vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums and vocals), joined by newer addition Steve Garrington (bass guitar).  The music of Low is characterized by slow tempos and minimalist arrangements. Early descriptions sometimes referred to it as rock subgenre called "slowcore". However, Low's members ultimately disapproved of the term. Parker and Sparhawk's striking vocal harmonies represent perhaps the group's most distinctive element; critic Denise Sullivan writes that their shared vocals are "as chilling as anything Gram and Emmylou ever conspired on—though that's not to say it's country-tinged, just straight from the heart."

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Peel discovered the band through Sub Pop, the label that Nirvana were originally signed to. The band have done four sessions for Peel, two of them live at Maida Vale. In 2007, Sparhawk referenced John's effect on their career:

"Our Christmas record was significant. John Peel flipped out and played it on daytime BBC and that was a huge thing for us." [1]

Festive Fifty Entries



Four sessions. No known commercial release.

1. Recorded: 1999-05-16. First broadcast 22 June 1999. Repeated: 23 September 1999

  • Those Girls (Song For Nico) / Liar / I Remember / Will The Night

2. Live at Maida Vale. First broadcast 08 November 2000. Repeated 11 January 2001

  • Sunflower / Dinosaur Act / I Remember / Don't Carry It All / John Prine / In Metal / Closer / Venus / Over The Ocean

3. Recorded: 2001-11-26. First broadcast 02 January 2002. Repeated 19 September 2002.

  • Last Snowstorm Of The Year / Canada / Lil' Argument With Myself / In The Drugs

4. Live from Peel Acres 30 January 2003. (From 'The Peel Sessions' (Ken Garner): Peel was snowbound in London at R1, the band playing in from Peel Acres. 'They were so disappointed he wasn’t there,' remembers Sheila.)

  • Last Snow Storm of the Year/ That's How We Sing (Amazing Grace) / Fearless / La La / Tonight / Lordy


  • 25 April 2002: live set from All Tomorrow’s Parties, Camber Sands, 19-21 April 2002. No known commercial release.
  1. The Lamb
  2. (That's How You Sing) Amazing Grace
  3. Sunflowers
  4. Last Snowstorm Of The Year
  5. Starfire
  6. Canada
  7. Fearless
  8. Candy Girl

Other Shows Played

(The list below was compiled from the database of this site and Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive. Please add more information if known.)

  • 06 July 2004: Because You Stood Still (LP- A Lifetime of Temporary Relief) Rough Trade
  • 20 July 2004: Bright (LP- A Lifetime Of Temporary Relief) Rough Trade

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