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Seth Lakeman

Wednesday 16 Aug 2017 9:32pm

Part of Snape Proms

Seth Lakeman’s Mercury Prize nomination catapulted him onto a wider stage and made him a folk-rock figurehead, but his 2016 album Ballads of the Broken Few has a more diverse range of influences. With his three-piece band he treads in the footsteps of balladeers and bluesmen, with occasional hints of gospel and spiritual. Of course no Seth Lakeman sets would be complete without the traditional music of his native West Country and there are still high-energy, rabble-rousing choruses from his back catalogue with his explosive fiddle-playing to the fore. But these gentler, more intimate moments complete the picture – a rounded portrait of this most gifted, creative and popular musician.

In memory of our colleague and friend Pam Walker who loved Snape Proms.