LIVE REVIEW: Seth Lakeman @ Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle (23.03.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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I first saw Seth Lakeman perform at Glastonbury Festival, sometime in the mid-2000s; it was a surprising booking on festival’s Glade stage, playing to still-mashed ravers at around midday. I went along to see what this folky violinist could do, and quite frankly, to see him die on his arse. He didn’t. For an hour, he had folkies and acid-heads dancing together like there was no tomorrow. Fast forward 12 years, and there might be fewer acid casualties in attendance, but the fire is still present in Seth Lakeman.

Coming midway through a trek round some of the country’s most beautiful cathedrals and theatres to promote his new album The Well Worn Path, Seth seemed particularly taken with the old Stoll Picture Theatre – a venue ideally suited for the intimate, affable, yet intense style of a Seth Lakeman performance. It was in the moments when he stepped away from the microphone, and performed at the front of the stage, his voice soaring unaided into the gallery, that the intimacy of this magnificent theatre became apparent.

Hanging the set on modern folk classics The White Hare, Race To Be King and a riotous rendition of Kitty Jay, Lakeman managed to showcase much of the new album without alienating his audience for a second, and delivered a superb performance that was both  touching and raucous.


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