Good article and interview in the Telegraph from the Poor Man’s Heaven album launch at Perranporth. Well written, it deftly recaps the Seth Lakeman Story So Far and throws in a few good quotes for good measure.

On assuming folk’s ‘poster boy’ mantle

He rails against the “poster boy of folk” tag that’s been hung on him…”There’s a lot of great music on the folk scene, and I’ll be happy if I can help bring it to a wider audience, but I never want to be its spokesman or public face. This new album is a lot rockier and I’m not massively concerned about what the folk audience thinks of it.”

On resisting the commercialising formulas of a major label

A devout T-shirt-and-jeans kind of fellow, he rejected all attempts to get him to go shopping with a stylist and cheerfully admits he’s miserably failed to write a catchy hit single for them … Fears that Relentless would turn him into James-Blunt-with-a-fiddle have been blown out of the sea by the fiercest, darkest, danciest record of his career.

On Solomon Browne and raising money for the RNLI

“when I was 19, my best friend and his mate died surfing at Polzeath. There was no lifeboat there. I was in a band – Equation – and we did a couple of concerts to raise money to help build a lifeboat station there. Those lifeboat guys… they’re heroes. I just wanted to honour them.”

Full article: ‘Seth Lakeman: to the sea!’, The Telegraph, 3 July 2008 »