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A glimpse inside the barrel house ‘recording studio’ – cleavers! hammers! big drums! – and a small musical taster too. Can’t be long now …

Trio Tour Video from March 2011

One I missed during the blog hiatus. Medley of behind-the-scenes video from the spring trio tour with Benji Kirkpatrick (bouzouki, guitar) and Cormac Byrne (percussion, bodhran). Warning: new song spoilers, but also fun footage of Seth messing about in a violin shop leading to definitely the strangest rendition of Lady of the Sea to date.

‘Tales from the Barrel House’ Autumn Tour

Tour Flyer Autumn 2011
via Facebook

Visit for full Autumn 2011 gig dates.

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.

Behind-the-scenes “diary” of the shoot for the Hearts and Minds video. Seth and his small film-crew travelled across Dartmoor and up to Bath and Bristol playing ‘Hearts & Minds’ to unsuspecting members of the public, and dropping in on the odd folk club. You can read reports from the shoot from some of the fans who met them right here on this blog.

With backing music from a selection of tracks from the new album

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

Update 2: and… It’s back!

Update 1, 3 Jul: the album has been removed from Spotify in what I hazard was a “no one told them the release date had changed” cock-up.

The official release isn’t for another three weeks, but you can already listen to the ‘standard’ version of the album , plus digital bonus track ‘Fire & Dirt’, on music-streaming service Spotify.

Listen to Seth Lakeman, Hearts & Minds on Spotify

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Hearts and Minds, the first single from Seth’s forthcoming fifth solo album of the same name, is now available to download from Amazon, Play, and 7Digital. The single release includes a ‘B’ side of the same track recorded live at The Minack, Cornwall, in May 2009.

Tiny World

The second single from the album, Tiny World, will be released on 12 July. Unlike Hearts and Minds, Tiny World has made it onto the Radio 2 daytime playlist from this week.

New album release date & launch gigs

Hearts and Minds Release Postponed to 19 July

The release date for Hearts and Minds has been put back (again) to 19 July due to “unforeseen problems”.

Buy standard CD: Amazon | Play | HMV | iTunes
Deluxe CD+DVD: Amazon | Play | HMV

The album is also now available on iTunes with a special bonus track, Fire & Dirt.

Launch Gigs

I’ve delayed publishing this post to try to confirm what the new release date means for the various launch gigs scheduled in London, Manchester and Bristol. The good news is the London and Manchester gigs are going ahead as planned. The Bristol one is delayed until 20 July.

Tickets are not on sale for London or Manchester but are available to win by entering competitions from HMV and Q Magazine respectively.

London Jazz Cafe with HMV: Tue 29 June

Win Tickets: pre-order the album from HMV by 8am on Tues 22 June for a chance to win one of 150 tickets.

If you’re quick off the mark you can enter the competition without ordering the album from HMV:
“For free entry, send your name, address, email and telephone number handwritten on a plain piece of paper by pre-paid post to ‘Seth Lakeman Competition’, The Promotions Dept, HMV, Film House, 142 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8LN, to arrive before 21st June 2010. Only one plain paper entry per stamped envelope. ”

See for details.

Manchester Hard Rock Cafe with Q Magazine: Thu 8 July

Win Tickets: enter the free prize draw on the Q Magazine website by Midnight on 27 June for a chance to win a ticket. Enter at

Bristol instore with Rise: Tue 20 July

An instore performance and signing at the Rise record store in Bristol has been rescheduled from the original date of 30 June. There’s not much point doing an instore signing if there’s nothing for to sign.

Tickets: you must have a wristband/ticket to attend the signing. You can get one wristband for each copy of the album you pre-order – in person – from the Rise stores in either Bristol or Cheltenham. Details on the Rise website: