The Rescue Rooms archives: 2012

Seth Lakeman, Seth Lakeman live at The Rescue Rooms Nottingham

  • Sunday 26th February 2012
  • Supported by: Sam Carter

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Seth Lakeman, widely regarded as the UK’s foremost folk singer songwriter, has announced a UK tour in February and March 2012 with his superbly talented band.

Seth will be playing tracks from his previous studio albums plus some brand new songs from his album ‘Tales From The Barrel House’ which is out now. Recorded at Morwellham Quay in Devon, Seth has not only written, sung and played all the instruments on every track on the new album but he’s also recorded and mixed the whole album himself. Seth says he has enjoyed this recording project like no other.  "I've been really keen for some time to get right back to the basics of ‘Kitty Jay'.." (the £300 kitchen-table album that shot him to fame and won him a Mercury Music Prize nomination back in 2005).

"To be blunt, this is the type of album I could never have done with a major label. I'm grateful for having worked in some of the best-equipped studios and with top producers, but with this record I've felt completely free to do my own thing for the first time in years.” In keeping with this independent spirit, ‘Tales from the Barrel House’ has been released through his own Honour Oak Records, and is only available to buy from Seth’s website as a strictly limited deluxe digipak with each copy individually numbered.

‘Tales From The Barrel House’ underlines Seth’s inate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads. His playing is often breathtaking and Seth's trademark, soaring vocals are at the forefront of this album, as beguiling and haunting as ever. Charismatic, full of passionate energy and giving voice to people from the past, "Tales from the Barrel House" will entrance and enthrall a growing army of present-day fans and, undoubtedly, will also be discovered by lovers of heartfelt music – discerning folk – of the future.

Plus support from...


BBC Folk Awards 2010 - Winner of the Horizon Award for best newcomer

'Clearly, to be able to play the guitar this well at such a young age means he's sold his soul at the crossroads and will shortly be having a cup of fire tea and a brimstone scone with Hitler.'

'One of the most gifted acoustic guitarists of his generation'

Mike Harding, Radio 2

'The finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation'

Jon Boden

Since winning Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2010, midlands-born singer, guitarist and songwriter Sam Carter has been more in demand than ever. From performances at the Royal Festival Hall for Richard Thompson's Meltdown to sharing the stage with the great Nic Jones alongside Chris Wood, Martin Simpson and Jon Boden at Sidmouth Folk Week, Sam continues to impress audiences and fellow artists alike.

Armed with a 'killer voice' (Nitin Sawhney) and the ability to play his guitar 'like a harp' (Time Out), as well as an unerring ability to put his personal experiences into a wider perspective, the east London-based songsmith made his mark with his debut album 'Keepsakes' released August 2009. Sam is a former Emerging Artist In Residence at the Southbank Centre, where he collaborated with a wealth of talented musicians and artists including Nitin Sawhney, Riz MC (actor Riz Ahmed), Nathan 'Flutebox' Lee and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
More recently Sam has participated in the British Council's Shifting Sands project, a cross-cultural collaboration between English and Middle Eastern traditional musicians lead by Bellowhead trumpeter Andy Mellon. This exciting international initiative has seen the group performing in Kuwait and Bahrain, as well as peformances at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections 2011. Read more about Shifting Sands in Kuwait (word 'Kuwait' hotlink to and Glasgow (word 'Glasgow' hotlink to

Sam is an independent artist and has two releases to date, both self-released under 'Captain Records' - Here In The Ground EP (2008) and Keepsakes (2009) available on CD from HMV, Amazon and other online retailers. Keepsakes is available for download from iTunes and Amazon. Both CDs are also available here. (link 'here' to Music page of this site).

'The Young English folk singer and guitarist Sam Carter's album debut Keepsakes is a surefire collectable' Independent