Seth Lakeman – Holmfirth Picturedrome – 25th September 2022
Seth Lakeman made his accident delayed returned to The Picturedrome in Holmfirth – ably accompanied by his superb band, Alex Hart, Benji Kirkpatrick, Ben Nicholls and his latest shapeshifting signing Dave Smith .
Both band and audience were a little confused by the presence of chairs at the Picturedrome, but these fine Yorkshire party-goers were not going to be held captive by their upholstered shackles and jumped around for much of the gig. After all, this is what makes Holmfirth one of the best venues on the circuit.
This group of musicians is a real class act. A few first-timers joined the veterans in the queue. Unsure of what to expect, they were soon dosey-doeing with wild abandon with the broadest smiles. I’m sure they’ll be back again.
As with the tour earlier in the year, the setlist contained many tracks from Lakeman’s latest album Make Your Mark and that’s no bad thing as it really feels like the natural sequel to Freedom Fields. I was pleased that Shoals To Turn featured again, it being a personal favourite and arguably the joint best track on the album with the more agitated Coming Yor You Soon.
There was plenty of Freedom Fields thrown in for good measure; The White Hare, Lady Of The Sea and 1643 all featured making for a beautifully balanced set of new and old.
It wouldn’t be Lakeman gig without a barnstorming rendition of Kitty Jay and then the encore saw the return of Blood Upon Copper and Race To Be King – a highly energetic way to end a superbly joyful gig.
Hopefully, there won’t be five year hiatus before the band comes back to Holmfirth, after the last few years it was just the tonic we all needed!
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