Review: Seth Lakeman at the Robin 2, Bilston

You will be hard pressed to find anyone on the folk circuit more talented or versatile than Seth Lakeman.

Review: Seth Lakeman at the Robin 2, Bilston

Seth Lakeman

Robin 2, Bilston

Concert review by Danny Farragher

You will be hard pressed to find anyone on the folk circuit more talented or versatile than Seth Lakeman.

His skill with a violin is awesome and it wouldn't be overstating it to put him on the same footing as Nigel Kennedy, Andre Rieu, Stephane Grappelli and John Sheahan of The Dubliners.

Add to this his incredible competence with the banjo, acoustic guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, along with his strong, emotional voice and you have a folk-rock singer who deserves all the accolades he receives.

The Devon musician moved between heavier folk-rock to atmospheric ballads such as Changes to traditional folk and hoedowns with consummate ease, much to the appreciation of the packed Robin audience.

From his first song More Than Money, inspired by the men who mined granite – a track from his sixth album Tales from the Barrel House – Lakeman had his fans in his thrall.

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