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Seth Lakeman

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Created on: 20th Jul 2006 (active for 15 years, 3 months) by moblog_staff

Last updated: 16th Apr 2010, 15:01

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“ I like to think that my music crosses barriers and genres - that’s the whole point of what I do"

Seth Lakeman was born in 1977, the year of punk rock and the Queen’s silver jubilee, on a quiet corner of Devon’s gloriously wild Dartmoor. It’s still the place that he calls home, from which he refuses to be parted for long, and the place whose peculiarly English tales of dark deeds and doomed romances provide inspiration for much of his music – just as it did for previous generations of writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’) and Daphne du Maurier (Jamaica Inn).

Music has always been part of Seth’s life: his parents were part of a touring band which included Seth and his older brothers Sean and Sam, who all played from an early age and subsequently performed as The Lakeman Brothers. Seth grew up rubbing shoulders with British folk legends like Martin Carthy and recent Mojo Award winner Bert Jansch. But at the same time he was playing air guitar in his bedroom to AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’. Twenty years later you can hear both influences.

The three brothers went on to become part of the highly feted but short lived folk band, Equation, along with Kathryn Roberts, Kate Rusby and, later, Cara Dillon. Eventually, having toured the world, Seth struck out on his own, setting up his own label, I-Scream Records, from a room in his cottage on Dartmoor. ‘Kitty Jay’ – made in his brother’s kitchen, “with the fridge unplugged to stop interference with recording” – was put together for just £300 and was somewhat audaciously launched with a gig inside Dartmoor’s top security Prison.

Not long afterwards, Seth was sitting by the side of a road in the West Country wondering what to do with his broken down car when he got a call informing him that ‘Kitty Jay’ had been short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize, widely regarded as the most prestigious in British music. That phone call represented a career changing moment.

His latest album ‘Freedom Fields’ is another collection of soaring self-penned tales of love, conflict and mysteries that see his song writing skills honed further still. Inspired by ancient tales but somehow totally modern, Seth manages to refract personal experiences and emotions through these stories, and in doing so he has found a unique lyrical voice – one that encompasses universal themes of love and loss.

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