Category: Interviews

The New Album…

Seth talks to Spiral Earth about forthcoming sixth album Tales from the Bower Barrel House, which Seth has not only recorded himself but on which he also plays all the instruments. The album will be released this Autumn, all going well.


Remember a while ago they asked for fan questions on Facebook for a forthcoming interview? Well, here are the results…

BBC Breakfast. 15 June 2010

Including a brief snatch of forthoming single, Tiny World, at its live and solo best.

Radio 4: Loose Ends. 12 June 2010

A full, solo performance of Tiny World. Plus Seth accompanies fellow guests I Am Kloot.

On iPlayer until 6:15pm, Sat 19 June:

Interview and preview clips …

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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.

Bright Young Folk interviewed Seth before the London Union Chapel gig on 24 May 2009. The video interview is in two parts. The first is devoted to the new tracks showcased on the tour and Benji Kirkpatrick joining the band line-up, and is probably the most in-depth interview to date on plans for the next album – which will be the first not produced by Seth and brother Sean. The second part covers questions sent in by website readers.

Part 1, on the next album:

Part 2, in which BYF put some of your questions to Seth, including his favourite Equation record, writing on the fiddle and working with brother Sean:

You can add your own comments on the interviews on the Bright Young Folk website.

Benji Kirkpatrick talks to the folk music website Bright Young Folk about joining the Seth Lakeman band prior to the gig at London’s Union Chapel on 24 May 2009.

Benji will be a permanent new fifth member, joining Sean Lakeman (guitar), Ben Nicholls (double bass) and Simon Lea (percussion). It is unclear whether he will play all the forthcoming festival dates or not, as some clash with existing committments to his other bands, Faustus and Bellowhead.

This is the first of a two part interview. In the second part at he discusses his solo work and recent album Boomerang (amazon | itunes).

See also: More winter tour dates, 3 June 2009 »

Tickets go on sale for a number of dates on Seth Lakeman’s winter 2009 UK tour this morning, Mon 1 June.

Dates so far include:

Thu 5 Nov Norwich Waterfront
Tickets: 01603 508050 |

Wed 11 Nov Nottingham Rock City
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Thu 12 Nov Edinburgh HMV Picture House

Fri 13 Nov Manchester Academy 2
Tickets: 01618 32111 |

Sat 14 Nov Salisbury City Hall
Tickets: 01722 434434 | |

Mon 7 Dec Exeter University Great Hall
Tickets: 01392 263518 |

Wed 9 Dec Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
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Thu 10 Dec Cheltenham Town Hall
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Fri 11 Dec Bristol 02 Academy
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Sat 12 Dec London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire

See the gigs page » for details and more dates as they are announced.

Tickets are also on sale for two dates in Swansea and Cardiff in late September.

European Tour, October 2009

Prior to the UK dates Seth will be touring mainland Europe and Scandinavia, with a number of dates in the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark during October 2009. See the gigs page » for details.

Summer Festival News

Seth has been officially added to the line-up for Glastonbury and V Festival. He’ll play Glasto’s Avalon stage on Sunday 28 June, and V Festival (location TBC) on Sun 23 Aug.

Seth is also appearing at a number of smaller festivals, including Brecon Jazz Festival (Fri 7 Aug) and the first Harvest at Jimmy’s, at Jimmy’s Farm of TV fame in Suffolk on Sun 13 Sep. There’ll also be a unique opportunity to catch Seth playing completely solo, without his usual band, at local Devon festival, Chagstock, on the edge of Dartmoor on Fri 17 July .

Full list of summer 09 festival appearances on – you guessed it – the gigs page »

Two interviews with Wales Online

Seth Lakeman gave two interviews in local Welsh press to promote the recent tour, which stopped off in Cardiff on Sat 23 May. They’re both up on WalesOnline.

On the benefits on being with a major label:

“when it comes down to it, you still can’t beat that massive marketing push major labels are able to provide so that’s what we did in signing for Relentless.

To be honest, the label didn’t do as much promotion for [Poor Man’s Heaven] as it has for others, but to get the album in the pop charts was quite cool.

I think the amazing thing for us was that it showed us how many dedicated followers and fans we have.”


“I have already written my next album; I’ve got 20 or so songs to chose from, and I will be playing a lot of those [on the tour]”

… He promises his next record “pushes the rock envelope even further”…

“I can see myself making all kinds of records in the future, dance, rock, whatever. I am very ambitious.”

And, in what I realise for some will be the most important part of the interview, it is confirmed that yes, Seth Lakeman does have a “very lovely” girlfriend.

Full Interviews:

Seth Lakeman grows his own success‘, Gavin Allen, Western Mail, 22 May 2009

Seth Lakeman is one of the cool folk‘, Gavin Allen, South Wales Echo, 20 May 2009

A couple of interviews in local West Country press ahead of Seth’s UK tour, which kicks off tomorrow.

North Devon Journal, Thu 14 May 2009

Read the full interview »

The North Devon Journal interviewed Seth ahead of his gig at Barnstaple’s Queen’s Hall on Thu 18 May.

Seth has been holed-up at home on Dartmoor over the winter writing new material:

"I prefer to write here. I find it quite difficult to be anywhere else. I like to go out and explore while I’m doing it to try and feed off the wilds."

If you made it to any of the March club dates you’ll have already been privileged to hear the results of these wild winter rambles. But if you didn’t, never fear. Seth promises those attending the forthcoming tour gigs won’t miss out:

"We are going to play loads and loads of new songs," he reveals. "You will hear the music from our other three records but we’ve got some exciting new stuff."

"I love performing. It’s my favourite part of music. It’s great fun to get a reaction from the crowd and I hope that they go away with a different perception of how acoustic music can be played. That is quite unique in what we do."

On a more light-hearted note, he reminisces about the ghost he once shared a house with (who, according to other interviews, also used to randomly turn on the gas):

"She was a nice ghost . … She used to send us out every night to the pub … We couldn’t help it. We had to go. She locked the door behind us."

Yeah. Right.

Lots more in the full interview: Seth Lakeman tells Rosanna Rothery why he believes in ghosts », North Devon Journal/ , Thu 14 May 2009

ThisIsCornwall, Wed 13 May 2009

Minack Theatre by Mat Strange.
Minack Theatre, Cornwall © Mat Strange

A much shorter piece, whose main interest is that it confirms plans to film the gig at Cornwall’s dramatic open-air Minack Theatre next Tues for a live DVD release.

"It really is such an amazing venue," said Seth, … "We are one of the first to play and record there – it is a real privilege and we are all pretty excited about it – let’s just hope we get some good weather."

Full story: Seth Lakeman returns ‘home’ for Minack gig »,, Wed 13 May 2009.