Review: Seth hits all the right notes

Seth Lakeman performing at Pocklington Arts Centre.
Seth Lakeman performing at Pocklington Arts Centre.

I had never listened to an album by singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman until last year when a friend of mine recommended Seth’s critically-acclaimed ‘Freedom Fields’ to me.

I’m not a huge fan of folk music, but I was so impressed by this album that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Seth live at Pocklington Arts Centre, in front of a sell-out crowd.

The Devon-born folk musician performed a mixture of old and new material, and had the audience entranced throughout.

The excellent multi-instrumentalist rendered the Arts Centre crowd completely silent with moving tracks such as King and Country and The Shores of Normandy. He also performed more uptempo songs like The Bold Knight, which had many people in the venue’s auditorium tapping their feet.

He interacted well with the audience between songs, and encouraged people to join in with several numbers, including ‘Last Rider’, from his new album Word of Mouth.

Many extremely talented musicians have graced the Pocklington Arts Centre stage over the years, but I feel Seth has to be among the most gifted performers to have entertained crowds at the venue.

He is most often associated with the violin and tenor guitar, but has also mastered the viola and banjo.

His rousing and high-energy performance received a rapturous ovation, which was well deserved!