Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 19 July 2020

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There are some artists that are always destined to return to Folk by the Oak and we were delighted that charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman, who last graced our Main Stage in 2014, could join us again in the summer of 2019.

In the years between his Folk by the Oak appearances Seth had been on many musical adventures, most recently a whirlwind world tour with rock legend Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters. During a short break from this tour Seth recorded his ninth solo album, The Well Worn Path, which has been met with rave reviews for its high energy, up-tempo, classic folk-rock approach.  The Album entered the UK Americana charts at No. 1 saw Seth nominated for 2019 UK Americana Awards Instrumentalist of the Year.

The Well Worn Path features Seth’s new band which brings together long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls (upright and electric bass) with new members Kit Hawes (electric and acoustic guitar) and Evan Jenkins (drums). Seth brought in Ben Hillier (Elbow, Blur, Depeche Mode, Doves) to produce the album, which was recorded in his Dartmoor studio in January 2018, and the end resulting album also produced a great live set!

The album has variously drawn comparisons with Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg, and showcases Seth’s many and varied talents to the full. We were delighted that we could once again revel in the trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals of Seth Lakeman on the Folk by the Oak Main Stage in 2019!

…an album full to the brim with evidence of Seth’s talent with a fiddle in his hand… This is going to be an absolute belter in his live shows.

- Peter Churchill / Americana UK -

Lakeman may tread well-worn paths, but this is definitely a case where familiarity breeds content.

- Folk Radio UK -

The Well Worn Path is a collection of beautiful stories told in a way that only Lakeman can.

- Entertainment Focus -

… fresh and unpolished, doing what he does best..

- Louder Than War -