Nu-folk star Seth Lakeman played a special Q The Music Club gig last night
(26 March) for just 150 fans and competition winners on his 32nd birthday. Showcasing songs from his upcoming fourth album Poor Man¹s Heaven, the fiddle-toting troubadour was interrupted several times during his 60-minute performance by fans singing Happy Birthday. In sharp
contrast with folk music's stuffy, fol-de-rol reputation, the gig was a raucous and celebratory affair, marked by beer-spraying and mass pogoing.
It took place at central London private members' club The Hospital, which had the previous night played host to a disastrous live performance by Peaches Geldof. Fortunately, caterwauling socialites were thin on the ground at Lakeman's gig, which drew a predominantly female crowd, interspersed with the odd silver-haired trad-folk fan.
Dressed casually in grey T-shirt and blue jeans, Lakeman took to the stage backed by his three-piece band, including brother Sean on guitar. As well as songs from the new album, he aired a few old favourites, such as Kitty Jay, from 2004¹s Mercury-nominated album of the same name, which he performed solo, accompanying himself only with a kick-drum foot pedal.