Originally posted on the curmudgeon's fortress of solitude (http://thecurmudgeon.proboards.com/)
With seconds to spare I bring you in shit hot crazy week NINE! Holy crap nine weeks already. Over TWO months?! Where DOES the time go. Well this week we are going to slow it down just a bit with one of my favourite artists. Switching from the normal "rock"ish stuff I have been going with we divert. Divert to FOLK! Pin back your ears and listen up Fortress climbers. Seth Lakeman is his name and jamming is his game.
At 35 he has been active for a somewhat 18 years and alas I have only heard of him in the past five. But that's not surprising as he was only a local lad in Devon until this point. He shot to fame when he supported Jethro Tull (A much loved band of mine) on their 40th anniversary tour in 2008. This got him some well deserved attention. Got him a mercury music prize and went onto to sign to Relentless Records and release his third album the start of some smooth sounding amazing-ness (Thats a word right). ANYWAY, this is where I came in and gobbled his album up like a hungry third world child and locked myself away clawing over his stuff like a total wanker. Brilliant. After a few days I emerged with a few of his riffs burnt into my musically astute mind and was able to emulate some at least partially on my very own strumming guitar! Ok he sings in metaphors and tales of monumental things but I really like it actually. Every song is telling me a story that I am genuinely interested in and for some reason manges to give me an image of TV show "Sharpe". I blame Jon Tamm! Songs I suggest "The Colliers" "White Hare" "King & Country" "Greed & Gold" & "I'll Haunt You". A lot of track but a good half hour of excellence. I even went to see him live after a touch with his stuff and he was pretty good. He was literally a one man band, guitar, harmonica and a drum thing. I was impressed. If you like a bit of folk mixed with some SICK instrumentals - sink your teeth into THIS cornish GOLD.