Love Folk with Seth Lakeman at The Atkinson

Love Folk with Seth Lakeman at The Atkinson

One of the UK’s most acclaimed young folk artists Seth Lakeman draws to a close a very special Love Folk Festival 2016 on his first visit to The Atkinson.

The West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has featured on just about every major festival bill across the UK. In addition, he has toured extensively around Europe too where he’s also performed with others including Tori Amos and Clannad. In 2013 amidst a hectic summer of festival appearances, recording the new album and the birth of his twins he flew to New York to meet Izzy Young for a BBC Radio 4 special called ‘The Folklorist’.

For his recent album ‘Word of Mouth’ released in February 2014, he unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song from in and around his native Devon and Cornwall.

Recorded in a church in East Cornwall and featuring the stories of the real people who inspired it, the added guest instrumentalists give depth, drama and wings to songs where working lives, majestic landscapes, the tragedy of war, the price of revolution and more are brought to life.

Seth’s previous albums include the Mercury Music Prize nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ (2005) and the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ (2006) which featured the hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare.

He also played a number of live dates in 2013 as part of The Full English project. The first single from Seth’s Word of Mouth album ‘Portrait Of My Wife’ also features on ‘The Full English’ album which won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014. His diary for 2014 was as busy as last year with festivals and shows throughout the summer including a date at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and a then an extensive UK tour in October.

The Love Folk Festival is now in its second year and takes place on Friday 12 & Saturday 13 February at The Atkinson. This year the team hope to attract new audiences to enjoy the fabulous lineup of  new, upcoming, traditional and contemporary folk that can be heard over the weekend.

Love Folk tickets are still available – the fantastic lineup includes Friday’s headliners; Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle with Elbow Jane, Will Pound & Eddie Jay, Ange Hardy and Sheelanagig sharing the stage across the 2 days.

The Atkinson is delighted to have Fatea Magazine as this year’s media sponsors Fatea Editor Neil King commented:

“Fatea has always been impressed with the Atkinson’s commitment not only to folk music, but to acts right along the acoustic spectrum. As a venue they have always been prepared to commit to the best the genre has to offer, but more important from a Fatea point of view, they have always been prepared to take a chance and bring new, less familiar names to the venue giving exposure to upcoming bands and giving both locals and travelling fans the chance to experience new names in a fantastic setting.

Getting gigs and making  recordings is only part of the picture, Fatea’s editor, Neil King, will also be running a workshop/Q&A session Making the Most out of Media on how to make the best use of the internet and social media to help get your band noticed and advice on how to approach radio stations, magazines, bloggers etc to maximise awareness. This event is free, just drop in on Saturday 13 February, 11am – 12pm.

Don’t forget to drop in and see FREE Folk at The Atkinson on Saturday 13 February. Busk Love Folk will run in the foyer throughout the afternoon with the day full of twenty minute showcase appearances from lots of folk artists including; Rob Lane, Richard Knott, Skinner and Twitch, Iona Lane, Neil Stanton, Mulholland, Paul Openshaw, Ashland & Jolly Jock who will be performing in the Theatre Bar (8pm) before Seth Lakeman takes to the stage.

Bothy Folk Club are also back! They will be performing across the 2 days in the Theatre Bar. They are one of the oldest folk clubs in the UK and have recently celebrated their 50th birthday!

Love Folk the little festival with a big heart invites you to spend the most romantic weekend of the year singing, dancing drinking, eating and generally loving folk!

Festival tickets are £41 ,daytime gigs are £10, McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle £17, Seth Lakeman £15 plus booking fee *. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours. Individual gig tickets are limited.

*Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.





Love Folk 2016 – At A Glance

Friday 12 February from 7pm

Bothy Folk Club

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle £17

Saturday 13 February from 12pm

Bothy Folk Club

11am – Making the Most out of Media Workshop (FREE DROP IN)

12pm-6pm – Busk Love Folk – Open Mic

12.30pm – Elbow Jane £10

2.30pm – Ange Hardy £10

4.30pm – Will Pound & Eddie Jay £10

Bothy Folk Club

7pm – Sheelanagig £10

8pm – Busk Love Folk (Theatre Bar)

9pm – Seth Lakeman (Solo) £15


Festival Ticket: £41


Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website or call box office on 01704 533333

Posted on 27 January 2016 under General news

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