Folk star Seth Lakeman presents his new album at Chesterfield Real Time Live

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The Mercury Prize Award nominee makes his Real Time Music debut on February 8, when he’ll be joined by longtime collaborator Benji Kirkpatrick.

Seth is no stranger to performing in Chesterfield. He said, “I’ve played Winding Wheel a few times before. I have always had a fantastic night there. Going up in front of an audience is always a real pleasure. That’s what I’m looking forward to.

Forced by the lockdown to take a break from live shows, the Devon-based musician spent time writing and recording his latest album Make Your Mark.

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Seth Lakeman on tour at Real Time Live, Chesterfield on February 8, 2022 (photo: Tom Griffiths).

Seth said, “I wrote a lot of songs, a lot of which didn’t make the album. I think the space has really helped me put together a lot of different writing styles. Topics range from a whale rescue attempt to Cornwall’s dying fishing industry.

“It was recorded in four days at Middle Farm Studios in Devon and the band of Pilgrims joined me (who played on my last album A Pilgrim’s Tale). A good band.”

The BBC 2 single Higher We Aspire is among 14 new songs to feature on Make Your Mark.

When asked which of his twelve albums he was most proud of, multi-instrumentalist Seth replied, “This new album was a real struggle to put together and it feels more personal.”

Seth Lakeman will perform at Real Time Live, Chesterfield on Tuesday February 8, 2022 (Picture: Matt Austin).

He said the highlight of his career was being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for his album Kitty Jay.

And he has plenty more to be proud of, from the release of Freedom Fields in 2006, which gave Seth the first of the UK’s top six albums, to singer and album of the year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.

Fast forward a decade and Seth has been captured by a rock titan. He said: “I worked in Robert Plant’s band for three years. Large enough.

This summer, Seth will be performing with fellow legend Fairport Convention at the Cropredy Festival of Folk Superstars.

He said, “There’s a lot to come for 2022 and I’m really looking forward to another ongoing project.”

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