“You know it’s going to be a good gig when you see a double bass, banjo and fiddle being brought onto the stage.” I heard someone say this at the start of the performance and I couldn’t agree with her more; you know you are going to be in for something special when these instruments are the main staples.
With the release of his sixth album, Tales From The Barrel House, Seth Lakeman has embarked on a tour around the UK, visiting Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms. The gig was a sell out which was seen from all available space being taken up by people bunching together, trying to get as close to the action as they could.
Seth Lakeman kicked off his performance with an energetic rendition of ‘More Than Money’ that had the whole crowd pumped up, ready for more, and he did not disappoint with the level rising with each song he performed. What made this gig was not only Lakeman’s ability to get the crowd participating in the songs, but to captivate everyone by making them stand still and watch him with awe, especially during his acoustic performance of ‘Artisan’.
Not only did Lakeman’s vocals sound as good as they do on his albums, but being able to watch him perform live gave the opportunity to see that he is a true musician in every sense of the word. He alternated between playing guitar and fiddle with ease.
The quality of the gig showed through the crowd’s reaction after the last song had been played, and during the last song, ‘A Shanty Song’, a crescendo of cheers was building up until the last note when the crowd erupted into deafening sound levels and applause. The encore that Lakeman did was worth the wait as he played some old favourites from his album Freedom Fields; ‘The Lady of the Sea’ had everyone singing along and wanting more.