Seth Lakeman was catapulted into the music mainstream when he was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for his album ‘Kitty Jay’. Inspired by the legends and stories of Dartmoor where Seth grew up, it was produced by his elder brother Sean Lakeman and cost just £300 to record in his kitchen in a Dartmoor village.
Seth’s thrilling solo performance of the eponymous title track on live television won him unanimous praise and started him on an incredible solo journey which has included record deals, 11 album releases (including 6 Top 40), BBC Radio 2 play listed singles, a clutch of awards and touring all over the world.
The Guardian noted his inclusion in the Mercury Prize shortlist at the time as “the biggest surprise” as he was up against a raft of well-known pop artists. Through Kitty Jay, Seth brought folk music to a new, younger audience and he has been widely credited with breaking down perceptions and barriers often associated with folk music.
Here he is performing Kitty Jay live at the amazing Minack Theatre* 11 years ago!
2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the album’s release and Seth will be touring in February with a band including long-time collaborators Benji Kirkpatrick, Ben Nicholls, Cormac Byrne and Alex Hart playing the album and other favourites.
Tickets on sale this Friday 29 September 10am
Tue 20 EXETER Corn Exchange
Wed 21 BRISTOL St Georges
Thu 22 BRIGHTON St Georges
Fri 23 BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex
Sat 24 BUXTON Opera House
Sun 25 MILTON KEYNES The Stables
Mon 26 CHESTER Storyhouse
Tue 27 MANCHESTER Stoller Hall
Wed 28 BIRMINGHAM Town Hall
Thu 29 LONDON Union Chapel
For further information please visit: sethlakeman.co.uk
📷Featured image Aaron Parsons