Sunday, 26 October 2014

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman
The Sage, Gateshead
Seth Lakeman put on a great show at The Sage as part of his Word of Mouth tour. The venue was packed out and it was a very appreciative audience that met Seth and his very hard working band.

The evening started very well with Kim Churchill playing a very strong set in his role of support act. He somehow managed to play guitar, drums and harmonica - and sing - all at the same time. The queue to meet him during the interval stretched all the way down the corridor - easily the longest I have seen for a support act. He would return to join in with Seth and the band later in the evening.

It's the first time I've seen Seth, although I've seen his brother Sam several times with Cara Dillon.

The core of this evening's set list came, naturally, from Word of Mouth, which was released earlier this year to great acclaim. It's a strong album and the songs came across very well indeed on the live stage.

Most of the set was played at a frantic pace, building to a double-header hoedown for the finale, which had most of the audience on their feet and dancing the night away.

This was a very impressive and highly energetic show. Seth Lakeman has now been added to the ''must see again'' list.


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