See also:
Seth Lakeman Autum Tour 2008 update (pt I)
Seth Lakeman Autumn Tour Dates

Photo by Alan Cole
More of Alan’s photos from Bristol 2008 »

Stand-in Drummer Simon Lea

Simon Lea continues to stand in for regular percussionist, Andy Tween, who has injured his wrist. Andy made a short-lived return for his home gig in Bristol (29 Oct), as well as for Bournemouth and Cheltenham (12/13 Nov) at which he hoped he was back for the rest of the tour, but Simon has covered drumming duties since.

Gig reviews

Shades of Caruso awards Seth the Emphatically Non-Hipster Non-Douchebag Recommendation Of The Week in a well-written review of the Shepherd’s Bush Empire gig, plus a quick run-down and of Seth’s career to-date including videos clips

Over on A Million Miles from Here A Night in the Church of the Black T-Shirt » is a detailed gig write-up of the same London gig, plus videos of popular support act Baskery, and live performances of Haunt You (shot at SBE) and Kitty Jay (not)

In The Times (10 Nov 2008) David Sinclair writes “Lakeman put on a show that would have been as acceptable at the Reading Festival as it would at the Cambridge Folk Festival … As the lights darkened and an ominous peal of thunder rumbled from the PA, it was more like the beginning of the first Black Sabbath album… Yet the 31-year-old singer was armed with nothing more threatening than an acoustic guitar”. Poor Man’s Heaven represents a more mainstream direction for this reviewer, and Lakeman “clearly has his eyes on bigger prizes… but it was still the old numbers that elicited the most raucous response, notably Blood upon Copper and Kitty Jay, both of which featured Lakeman in trad fiddler mode and brought out the best in his playing. ”

“It’s not that Seth’s music is bad” Rob Garrett dissents in his review for the Norwich Evening News (5 Nov 2008) “it’s just a bit dull, and it isn’t folk.” Although he goes on to praise Seth’s “strong, evocative voice” he nonetheless finds “the whole thing all falls flat on its face a little”.

Emma Hardwick, on the other hand, is keen to assure readers of the Leicester Mercury (12 Nov 2008) that “If you’re off to a Seth Lakeman gig you can rest assured he will put everything into the evening and you can leave with a smile on your face … The sheer energy of his set, where he sings, plays frenetic fiddle and a drum at the same time is infectious.” Although Kitty Jay is the “sure-fire crowd pleaser … the rest of the set didn’t disappoint”

The tour continues to 18 November