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Geoff- colour publicity shotWell with a name like Lakeman you’d be forgiven for thinking he might be related to Seth, Sean and Sam!  And you’d be right, he’s their Dad and we’re delighted to have him visit Seend for the first time!

GEOFF LAKEMAN, a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for 37 years, has been described as ” a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty.”
He’s the dad of  of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, all of whom are nationally and internationally renowned as performers.They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy.
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and west country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers,
Richard Thompson  and Randy Newman. He’s also one of the few to play 1920’s/ 30’s jazz on an authentic 1920’s instrument.
Support this week comes from local legend and stalwart Pete Stearn.

yirdbirdsWell, is there any other way to welcome in the new year at Seend Acoustic Club. Just as they did in 2013 & 2014, these lovely and popular Wiltshire folk will be the opening act of the new season.  No doubt promoting their new album about Imber too!

The Yirdbards lead singer Paul Darby first came to prominence in the early ‘70s as one half of the duo Windfall, and over the ensuing years he used his musical talent to raise thousands of pounds for Greenpeace. In the ‘80s he became frontman for the R&B band the Dubious Brothers, but has more recently returned to his love of acoustic music. ‘I sing’ he says, ‘because it gives me pleasure. With The Yirdbards’ line up of cello and acoustic guitars, there’s more space for intimacy and subtlety. It’s more intricate. I just hope that people will be moved by our music in some way’Jamie Hawkins

Joining us to do the opening support slot is another local favourite Jamie R Hawkins displaying some of the finest songwriting and vocals we’ve ever seen at the club! Great start to the year!

 


Wildwood KinHere’s something new and exciting for you. This trio of females from Exeter (2 sisters and their cousin) will blow you away. The most stunning harmonies interspersed with lovely guitar and great rhythm from the cajon. Andy & Malc saw these quite by accident at another venue and booked them on the spot. They’re that good!

Support this week from Is You Is, fronted by local top musician Graham Ball.


Mike ScottKeeping up his reign as the most booked performer at Seend Acoustic Club, our old friend and everyone’s favourite Grandad returns to the top slot with a whole heap of new material as well as all his old classic singalong tunes. Prepare to weep, laugh and quite positively wet yourself!


ThornbridgeA welcome return for this fine trio who last appeared here in January 2011.

Thornbridge simply make beautiful music, taking inspiration from the folk song tradition throughout the British Isles as well as more contemporary sources. They write and arrange their own songs too. They’ve appeared at clubs and festivals from Minehead to Grimsby and Swanage to Penrith.  The line-up of Barbara and Andy Rusbridge and Guy Hawthorn bring three quite different voices together to make a distinctive “Thornbridge” sound that is rich and complex, injecting new life into old songs with expression, subtle harmony and gentle instrumentation.  si Barron

Support act this week is Si Barron.

Si Barron is a folk singer, songwriter, and superb self-taught musician based in Somerset. He has a deep relationship with English traditional music and a gift for turning time-honoured melodies into foot stomping anthems on guitar, dulcimer or pedal organ.


My SweetComplete with tall tales & corny jokes, My Sweet Patootie is an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario, Canada, bringing twining vocal harmonies, monstrous finger-style guitar, fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together in one perfect package.Complete with tall tales and corny jokes,

My Sweet Patootie delivers a modern-day Music Hall show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”. Terry Young, Sandra Swannell and Bradford Nowak are skilled performers using a ditzy-like-a-fox approach to their craft. Their upbeat show is a carnival ride with good-time finger-snapping tunes and carefully placed heartfelt ballads.

Support this week from local accomplished guitarist and singer Graham Ball.


Chris WestonThis week sees the return of Chris Weston, a talented young guitarist / singer / songwriter who hails from Bradford On Avon and currently lives in Cornwall. Chris has a very unique style, great lyrics and a delicate voice to suit. Joining us in support for the first time since his heart attack earlier this year is legendary bluesman Kevin Brown. Best not clap too loud!kevin brown

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