Q The Music Club went north with folk sensation Seth Lakeman performing tracks from his new album Hearts and Minds at our exclusive first Q The Music Club Live at The Hard Rock Cafe show in Manchester on July 8, 2010.
See the photos from the show:
Below: Seth Lakeman is interviewed pre-gig by Q Presenter Vicky Warham.
Our lucky competition winner won the opportunity to review the gig and interview the band. See below to see what they thought:
With the eagerly awaited 5th album set for release later on this month and the ability to captivate crowds of all ages, it is easy to see why Seth Lakeman and his band were the guys asked to play the first Q The Music Club held outside of London. The Hard Rock Café in Manchester was transformed into the Hard Folk Café for 400 lucky competition winners, and they were treated to a fantastic performance.
The band entered the stage to rapturous applause and started the night off with the title track from the new album ‘Hearts and Minds’, with its confident rockier sound it is a sure fire way of getting the crowd to dance. The story telling of ‘The Hurlers’ and ‘Preachers Ghost’ entertains the crowd with thumping rhythms and fantastic riffs, followed by Seth’s tribute to the Penlee Lifeboat disaster ‘Solomon Browne’ which never fails to add poignancy a show.
The old favourites such as ‘Setting of the Sun’, ‘Riflemen of War’ and ‘Poor Man’s Heaven’ continue to keep the crowd moving as well as the new favourite ‘See Them Dance’. No Lakeman show would be complete without Seth producing a mesmerising performance of ‘Kitty Jay’. The room filled with the anticipated clapping of the crowd who, as the familiar notes started to play, knew what to expect. Seth playing the fiddle with such vigour, it only makes the crowd want more. Finishing off with ‘Blood Upon Copper’ and ‘Race to be King’ the band looks like they’re enjoying playing as much as the crowd enjoy listening.
The first Q Club night was a huge success. For those of you who are undecided about Seth Lakeman and those who may be quick to label him ‘the poster boy of folk’, there is one thing you can’t deny…he certainly knows how to give the crowd a damn good night!
- Sarah Jane Barker