Category: Audio

Listen: Live Gig on 6Music/iPlayer

BBC 6Music broadcast an old gig from 2006 last night at the ungodly hour of 4am. Luckily it’s available to listen to at a more civilised hour on iPlayer for the next 7 days.

In a blast-from-the-past treat for fans, the half-hour gig includes tracks not included in the current live set and features popular former band member, Cormac Byrne, in full bodhran flow on The Bold Knight and Lady of the Sea.


  1. Take No Rogues
  2. John Lomas
  3. Blood Upon Copper
  4. King and Country
  5. The Final Lot
  6. Rifleman of War
  7. The Bold Knight – with Cormac on bodhran
  8. Lady of the Sea ditto!

Listen Again:

iPlayer (until end of 7 Dec 2009)

The gig starts around the 2h 34m mark with a special mention of dedicated Seth fans, The Mirelings.


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Seth Lakeman plays Kitty Jay backstage at Cropredy. Click for full size version. Photo from @wittertainment

Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode caught up with Seth backstage at Cropredy last Friday for an exclusive performance of Kitty Jay and short interview, before his field-storming headline performance that night.

You can listen again on iPlayer until this Friday (starts around the 58min mark after the Kermode film reviews) and on the Simon Mayo podcast (at about 16min mark).

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Background folk/punk mashups by Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds.

What’s On South West caught up with Seth before the Plymouth gig for one of the few interviews from the recent mini-tour.

The interview chats about the inspiration behind the Brand! New! Songs! which gripped audiences at the recent gigs, and throws in a few festival rumours (Glasto, V Festival, Ireland’s Electric Picnic ??) for good measure.

Interview (including audio version)
‘Seth Lakeman returns to Plymouth for intimate show’
Clare Robinson, What’s On South West, March 2009

Seth Lakeman at The White Rabbit, Plymouth, 24 Mar 09
Clare Robinson, What’s On South West, March 2009

With thanks to @stokes_the_fire via the TwitterFeed for the heads-up

Folk Awards 2009 Roundup

Seth presenting former mentor, Tom McConville, with the Musician of the Year Award at the 2009 Folk Awards. Photo © Allan Price. More of Allan’s Folk Awards photos »

The annual BBC Folk Awards took place in London on Mon 2 Feb 2009, amidst the worst snow storm to hit the capitol in 18 years.

Seth was nominated for a single award this year, for Best Live Act, and opened the show with a typically storming live performance of ‘The Hurlers’. With obvious pleasure, he went on to present long-time teacher and friend, ‘Newcastle Fiddler’ Tom McConville, with the award for Musician of the Year, paying strong tribute to the man who so inspired his own playing. You can listen again » to the full ceremony until Web 11 Feb.

In the Best Live Act category Seth was up against stiff competition from fellow former Folk Award winners Lau and Bellowhead, but on the night the winners were the comparatively little-known Demon Barbers (aka The Demon Barber Roadshow) who have been not-so-quietly winning over festival audiences with their live performances which, accompanied by some hot clog and morris dancing, lay genuine claim to the old folk "foot stomping" cliché.

Full ceremony
Listen Again : Folk Awards 2009 » until 11/02/2009
(Originally broadcast BBC Radio 2, Wed 4 Feb, 7-8.30pm.)

The ceremony was broadcast in full in the Mike Harding Folk & Acoustic slot on Radio 2 on Wed 4 Feb. Catch Seth’s show opening performance of ‘The Hurlers’ and heartfelt presentation of the Musician of the Year award to long-time mentor, teacher and friend Tom McConville. You can listen again via iPlayer until Wed 11 Feb 2009.

BBC Folk Awards 2009 Videos »
The BBC’s Folk Awards website has videos up of all the live performances and highlights of the ceremony. The main highlights video includes Seth’s presentation of the Musician of the Year award to Tom McConville. Check the links on the right for the full video of The Hurlers performance.


Nominated Artists Compilation CD
Proper Music’s annual Folk Awards compilation CD is now available. The 3 CD set features tracks from the nominated artists, with Seth represented by ‘Solomon Browne‘.
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Free Download Track
Free track: Davey Graham’s Anji »
From the BBC Folk Awards website you can also download Bert Jansch and Ralph McTell’s tribute performance of the late Davey Graham’s classic track, Anji.

Update 30 Sep 2008: The BBC’s excellent half-hour coverage of Seth’s performance, plus interviews with both Seth and Sean, has now been posted on YouTube »

(Click to enlarge. Photos by karohemd » used with permission.)


“Sexy Seth Lakeman had the ladies (and some gents) at Cambridge Folk Festival swooning over him a short while ago when he performed on Stage 1. His fabulous fiddling, gorgeous voice and hunky bod(!) whipped the audience into a frenzy which continued throughout his set.

The main stage looked as though it may collapse as the audience jumped, danced and sung along with stunning Seth, who performed songs from his back catalogue (including everyone’s favourite, Kitty Jay) as well as stuff from his new albumn, Poor Man’s Heaven.

Oh, and did we mention that he’s gorgeous??”

Someone is certainly more than a little smitten.
‘Sexy Seth on the Fiddle’, Cambridge Folk Festival Blog, Sun 3 Aug

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BBC Coverage

Seth appeared on the BBC’s belated coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival on Friday 29 August at 9.30pm (repeated 2.40am, Sat 30th). The half-hour programme, presented by Mark Radcliffe, featured lots of footage of the set plus interviews with both Seth and producer/guitarist brother Sean and is available on iPlayer » until Thu 4 September and in five parts on YouTube.

The BBC website has a video of the performance of Kitty Jay permanently available on Seth’s artist page, plus loads of photos. Go to BBC Cambridge Folk Festival 2008 > Seth Lakeman »

You can also listen to the performances of Hurlers and Solomon Browne » on Radcliffe/Harding, who refer to the latter as the “forthcoming single”. Seth’s bits start just after the 33min mark and are available on iPlayer until 11 Aug.

Perhaps the highlight of the highlights though is this impromptu performance of the Hurlers caught by a festival goer as Seth wandered amongst the crowd as it was being filmed for the BBC’s promised future coverage:

The Guardian interview with Seth back in May, during his appearance at The Guardian sponsored Hay-on-Wye literature festival, is featured on this week’s Guardian Music Weekly podcast. You can listen online or download it as an MP3.

Seth’s slot is first up. It’s a good long interview, covering musical influences, directions, song-writing styles and other serious subjects. Lots of clips from Poor Man’s Heaven and, most interestingly, from ‘Coppinger’, a new track not on the album and currently only available as a download from iTunes. Plus stick around for a fantastic, full live version of ‘Hurlers’ right at the end of the podcast, around the 29min mark.

Audio interview: Seth Lakeman, The Guardian Music Weekly, 18 July 2008 ».

Seth’s interview on the Mike Harding Show is available via Listen Again (iPlayer) » or by downloading the Podcast (MP3) ». Listen again is available until 16 July, the podcast until about 6 Aug 2008.

The Times made it it’s ‘Radio Choice’ for the day:

Seth Lakeman is the closest folk music has to a pop star. He even sings like one – take away that rhythmic violin and the story ballads he does so well and he’d slide easily into any chart band. He’s even had hit records (Top 30, granted, but that’s better than nothing), as well as a Mercury Music Prize nomination. And his appeal is growing – his recently released album Poor Man’s Heaven, was No. 1 in Amazon’s pre-order chart! From the songs that stud his interview with Harding it appears that Lakeman is embarking on a rockier road, however much he may deny it, skirting agreeably into Fairport Convention and even Traffic territory, which is no bad thing. Hear the interview, buy the record. It’s easy.

Radio Choice, The Times, 9 July 2008 »

Roy Sandbrook of TinternetRadio caught up with Seth at the festival to talk about his forthcoming trip to Africa, MD7 and the new record releases from Poor Mans Heaven. Interview will be played next Sunday, the 13th of July from 7pm on AAA(Access All Areas) on

Quick catch-up on a couple of local interviews, both of which dig out some nice background on the Poor Man’s Heaven album and its musical and lyrical approach.

Plymouth Herald / What’s on South West, 27 June 2008

Some good background on a bunch of the tracks. Audio of the interview is available at the bottom of the page. ‘AUDIO: Seth Lakeman talks Poor Man’s Heaven’. What’s on South West / Plymouth Herald, 27 June 2008 »

Western Morning News, 20 June 2008

“The way I’ve written [Solomon Browne] is just a narrative of what happened, and not necessarily playing on emotions because it’s still in people’s hearts”. ‘Folk Icon Nurtures Hard-Edged Sound’, Western Morning News, 20 June 2008 »