A few weeks back you may remember that the Ironbath held the 1st virtual English Folk festival on his blog where Seth Lakeman was introduced as the current king of the genre.
Seth has left his major label and has gone back to basics on his latest album ‘Tales From The Barrel House’. Literally. Seth tells the tales of the hard working men that worked in the trades of his native Dartmoor. The album was recorded in the workshops of Morwellham Heritage Centre – the barrel house, with one track recorded underground in the copper mine to capture the acoustics and atmosphere of the mine.
Commenting on his step away from Virgin: “I’m grateful for having worked in some of the best-equipped studios and with top producers, but with this record I feel free. I’ve not had A&R men looking over my shoulder or record bosses influencing me in any way.”
From this taster the album has a rugged and honest integrity with the sound of the viola, banjo, bouzouki and other instrumentation capturing the experiences of the past beautifully.