Lakeman’s breakthrough came when Kitty Jay was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. Major festival appearances followed, and this year sees a European tour. Performing in any format from solo to 4-piece, Seth’s accessible English folk music features high energy fiddle and stomp box.
Seth Lakeman, widely regarded as the UK’s foremost folk singer songwriter, released his new studio album ‘Hearts & Minds’ in July 2010. The follow up to 2008’s Top 10, critically acclaimed ‘Poor Man’s Heaven’, ‘Hearts & Minds’ encompasses traditional and modern themes of love, loss and human struggle and represents a further leap forward in both songwriting and sonics.
Having come to wider public attention following his Mercury nominated Kitty Jay album in 2005, when Seth brought folk music to a new, younger audience, he has been widely credited with breaking down perceptions and barriers often associated with folk music and its acceptance (or lack of it) in the mainstream.
His 2006 album ‘Freedom Fields’ has sold over 120,000 copies in the UK alone and helped Seth build on his traditional cult following, finding a whole new audience for his rhythmic, captivating brand of indie-folk song writing. Seth was named Folk Singer of the Year and ‘Freedom Fields’ awarded Album Of The Year at the prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007 and his 2008 album ‘Poor Man’s Heaven’ charted at number 8 in the UK on its release. Seth released his first DVD ‘Live at the Minack’ in 2009. The film captures Seth and his incredible live band performing to a rapturous crowd at the spectacular, open-air Minack Theatre in Penzance, Cornwall.
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