Storyhouse in Chester has announced it will soon be opening its doors to the multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman. February will see the English singer-songwriter take to the stage at the home of the arts in Chester for one night only.
Born in West Devon’s Buckland Monachorum in 1977, the folk musician is most associated with the tenor guitar and fiddle. However, he is also accomplished with the banjo and viola. A prolific artist, Lakeman has countless releases as a solo performer, but has also played as part of many different musical ensembles, including The Lakeman Brothers with his siblings Sam and Sean Lakeman, who share his passion for folk music. He also played guitar, fiddle and supplied additional vocals to Cara Dillon’s self-titled debut album, which won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Lakeman released his own debut in 2002 called “The Punch Bowl” to critical acclaim, but it was his sophomore recording “Kitty Jay” which earned him silver status in Britain. Recorded for under £300, the album was produced by his brother Sean in Lakeman’s kitchen. It featured stand-out tracks like “The Bold Knight”, “The Storm” and “Fight for Favour”.
After being nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, Lakeman toured heavily with folk-rock heroes The Levellers, which saw each concert close with a “fiddle off” between The Levellers’ Jonathan Sevink and Lakeman. He has also toured with music legends Jools Holland and Billy Bragg.
Seth Lakeman will now perform in concert at Storyhouse on Monday, February 26. The venue is located on Hunter Street in Chester, and the concert’s doors will open at 7pm.