Popular Folk Singer Plays Scilly Gigs

Scilly has played host to one of the biggest names on the folk music circuit this weekend.

Seth Lakeman, who has been nominated for the Mercury Music Award and is a regular headliner at folk music festivals across the country, performed at the Old Town Inn.

It’s his first gig on the islands, and his first solo gig for years, and he was supported by Bone Idol and Five Wet Fish.

The weekend also included a gig at the New Inn on Tresco.

And following the positive response and feedback, he says he intends returning for another gig around the same time next year.

From Radio Scilly

Hear the full interview with Seth Lakeman on Radio Scilly

Seth says he came to the islands the first time last year and was encouraged to visit again and perform by Nick and Briony Lishman, both keen folk music supporters.

Seth’s song writing has often been inspired by his native Dartmoor, but he says he may write about Scilly following his visit. Seth says he finds the islands very inspirational and, like Dartmoor, it’s easy to escape into the scenery here.

The gig wasn’t promoted by Seth’s management company and was put on as a local treat for folk club members, almost a secret gig.

Some gig-goers have said they would have preferred a less formal seating arrangement with chairs being laid out. But Seth says that was his choice and it’s always a hard one to call.

While Seth only visited the islands for the first time last year, his father Geoff is known by many islanders for his work in Scilly reporting for the Daily Mirror newspaper. He is back with his own band in three weeks time.