Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for ‘Kitty Jay’. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ which was released twice in 2006. Produced by his brother Sean Lakeman it came out on iScream and was then re-released by Relentless (EMI) where it went on to become Seth’s first of 6 UK Top 40 albums.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary in 2021, Seth will be playing a worldwide concert stream on Saturday 27 February with full band playing the album which includes ‘Lady of the Sea’, ‘King and Country’ and ‘White Hare’ plus other favourites.
Seth says “I’m really excited to be able to share the whole Freedom Fields album for its 15th anniversary! It’s a collection of songs hugely inspired by the Westcountry and it still seems to be the most popular album I’ve recorded so far. This is going to be pretty special. I hope you can tune in to watch!”
Freedom Fields helped Seth build on his traditional cult following but found him a whole new audience for his rhythmic, captivating brand of indie-folk song writing. He was named Folk Singer of the Year, and ‘Freedom Fields’ awarded Album Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.
Seth Lakeman released new album ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ in February 2020, a year that marked four centuries since The Mayflower ship departed the UK. The album was released amidst a selection of UK concerts where Seth visited locations significant to The Mayflower journey. The record is narrated by the actor Paul McGann (Dr Who/Withnail and I/Hornblower/Luther), and features a host of guest performers including Cara Dillon, Benji Kirkpatrick, Ben Nicholls and Seth’s father Geoff Lakeman.
Recorded on the last night of his tour in February 2020 ‘Live at St Andrew’s Church in Plymouth’ was released on double CD later that year. The multi-track live recording was mixed and mastered and features all songs from ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ played live on the first CD. The second CD features the live recordings of the songs played in the second part of the show including favourites The White Hare, Lady of the Sea and Kitty Jay plus a brand new, previously unreleased song called Change.