Immediate: Thursday 14 August 2014
UK’s most acclaimed young folk artist, Seth Lakeman, will make his Liverpool Philharmonic debut.
Wednesday 4 February
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
By early 2015 the first phase of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s £13.8m refurbishment will be complete. So, the stage is set, quite literally, for some of the music industry’s top artists…
The first major act who will play the new and improved concert hall in February 2015 is Seth Lakeman and his band. The concert on 4 February will be the first time Lakeman has performed at the famous Art Deco venue.
Mercury Prize nominee, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, folk singer, songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman makes his Liverpool Philharmonic debut to champion his new album Word of Mouth, and to play material from his extensive back catalogue of live favourites.
He has unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song for this latest album which was written alongside producer Ian Grimble who has worked with Manic Street Preachers and Cat Stevens, and continues to experiment with folk tradition. Grimble has added drama to songs where working lives, majestic landscapes, and the tragedy of war are brought to life. Lakeman has successfully helped to steer English folk into the musical mainstream with his festival appearances, captivating live shows and a series of best-selling albums over the last 10 years since he released the Mercury Prize nominated Kitty Jay in 2004. He will be joined by his multi-instrumental band for this concert, so expect a trademark high energy performance.
‘The UK’s most acclaimed young folk artist.’ The Guardian
Tickets go on general sale on Monday 18 August, and are available from Liverpool Philharmonic, 0151 709 3789 and www.liverpoolphil.com
2014 album WORD OF MOUTH
Recorded in North Tamerton Church in East Cornwall and featuring the stories of the real people who inspired it, Seth Lakeman’s new album ’Word of Mouth’ straddles the folk tradition his music is steeped in and the contemporary folk movement that he has become such a seminal figure of. It’s the natural successor to 2011’s ‘Tales From the Barrel House’. It keeps the stripped-back storytelling but embellishes it with a denser, fuller version of Seth’s hauntingly melodic style.
Folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song from in and around his native Devon and Cornwall for ‘Word of Mouth’. The sound is deeper and more dramatic than previous albums.
In between recording the new album in 2013 Seth toured in Europe, Australia and then amidst a hectic summer of festival appearances and the birth of his twins he flew to New York to meet Izzy Young for a BBC Radio 4 special called ‘The Folklorist’. Seth then toured the UK with his band in October followed by a number of live dates as part of The Full English project. The first single from Seth’s new album ‘Portrait Of My Wife’ which was released in the Autumn also features on ‘The Full English’ album. The project featured live and on record artists including Seth, Martin Simpson, Fay Hield and Nancy Kerr.