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Photo: Headlining at Komedia, Bath

Seth Lakeman, originally uploaded by Tomodo Photography.

Seth has been on the road this week filming the video for new single, Hearts and Minds, and popping up in all sorts of unexpected places to play for the public.

So far eagle-eared spies have caught him playing for a couple of fishermen on Dartmoor, busking in Bristol, and joining in a local pub session in Clevedon.

Where will he be next? The video will chart a journey from Dartmoor to London, and will take in the gig at Komedia Bath this Friday. If you spot Seth, get a photo or – better – a video of one of the impromptu performances let us know via or tweet @SethLakemanNews

Monday: Dartmoor

Seth and Sean performing for a couple of fisherman (and, in one of life’s more bizarre coincidences, Yours Truly who really did just happen to be in the right place at the right time) at Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor.

Seth and Sean Lakeman perform for a couple of fishermen at Burrator Reservoir, Dartmoor
More pictures on Photobucket »

Wednesday: Busking in Bristol

The Bristol Culture blog among others were surprised to stumble across Seth and Benji Kirkpatrick busking in the city centre at lunchtime.

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Full report and photo at Bristol Culture Blog

Wednesday: Clevedon Pub Session

Later that evening the pair were to be found in The Royal Oak pub in Clevedon, Avon, joining in a regular local music session. Folk Radio UK (who are playing tracks from the album this week on their Roots channel) responded to a friend’s urgent phone call and hoofed down there to bring in an exclusive report and photos.

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Full report and more photos on the Folk Radio Blog »

Shed Songs (who film some amazing small acoustic sessions in a garden shed at spotted him there as well:

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Photo: Shepherds Bush Empire, Dec 09

Photo: Seth Lakeman playing at Shepherd's Bush Academy on the 12th December 2009

Seth Lakeman – Shepherds Bush, originally uploaded by matthew.d.williamson.

Photos from the storming gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 12 December 2009

Updated 12 May with extra photos from Philip Ryalls and Jeremy LLewellyn-Jones.

“it was pretty stadium. I wanted to crowd surf but I thought the girls at the front wouldn’t catch me” Jim Moray

The long-awaited round-up of press coverage, photos and video from last weekend’s gig on Trafalgar Square is here. A bit light on the former, but plenty of the latter for you.

Photo © Helen Fenner

Press Coverage

The gig didn’t get much press, but there were short write-ups in The London Paper (including a few photos), various bits in The Guardian and over on The Telegraph Emma Hartley interviewed Damian Barber from the Demon Barbers.

Photos & Video

Photo © Garry Knight
  Photo © Caroline Voaden

The fans unsurprisingly came through where the mainsteam media feared to tread. Lots of photos with some great shots from Caroline Voaden (flickr), Karen Armstrong (flickr), High Eight (flickr), and Helen Fenner (photobucket).

Plus these late-breaking extras from Philip Ryalls and Jeremy LLewellyn-Jones – a couple of the professional photographers who were in attendance.

There was also some surprisingly good-quality video shot from the crowd:

Full highlights, with Seth performing Blood Upon Copper
(and Sean rocking out in his fabulous red shoes)

Seth Lakeman: Kitty Jay and Poor Man’s Heaven

More video

More slightly-more-iffy video of Solomon Browne, King and Country, and Riflemen of War

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‘.
Buy on »

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.

New official photos, Oct 08

The players (ltr, bottom pic): Sean Lakeman (producer, guitar), Seth Lakeman, Andy Tween (percussion), Ben Nicholls (double-bass).
From the official website »

Seth makes an impression at Greenbelt

Also don’t miss Caroline Voaden’s fantastic photos

New Look Moblog

Moblog Screenshot

Seth’s moblog – “the place to see Seth on the road, backstage, in the studio, at home, anywhere and everywhere!” – has had a facelift, and you can now ‘join’ it to get updates and post content to it online.

Post your Seth photos, videos and other ramblings:

The more geek-minded can subscribe to the moblog’s RSS Feed (What the hell’s that?) which also lets you get updates through My Yahoo!, iGoogle and the like.

Whether the facelift means we’ll now get more of “Seth on the road, backstage, in the studio, at home, anywhere and everywhere!”, or will just continue to hang around making each other virtual cups of tea, remains to be seen.

Seth Lakeman Moblog

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:

Live EP

Five tracks from Seth’s performance are available to buy on iTunes.

  • Poor Man’s Heaven
  • The Hurlers
  • Blood Red Sky
  • Kitty Jay
  • Greed and Gold

Individual tracks are the usual 79p, or you can get all five for £1.99. Download link: Seth Lakeman, iTunes Live: London Festival ’08 – EP »

Photos and Gig Reports

Gig reports, lots more good photos and a set list from those lucky enough to score tickets all available on The Mire »

Set list » and photo gallery » from iTunes Live website

TV Coverage

Highlights of the gig are currently billed to appear as part of ITV2’s iTunes Festival coverage on Monday 28 July at 7pm (or 8pm on ITV2+1). The programme is only half an hour long, and will cover other gigs as well, so expect a couple of tracks at most. Update 29 July: the programme featured a truncated clip of Kitty Jay towards the end. If you missed the show you can watch it on ITV’s Catch-up service until 2 August – assuming you can bear the 20 minutes of Peaches Geldof you’ll need to sit through first.

iTunes Festival 2008 Coverage, ITV2 Catchup. Available until Sat 2 Aug 2008 »