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The White Hare- Seth Lakemen

 
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:43 am    Post subject: The White Hare- Seth Lakemen Reply with quote

I'm liking this tune alot, & thinking of buying the album. Anyone know if the rest of it is as good as this?
This song has been getting to me. All those years he was gamekeeper at Emmerdale have paid off in his songwritting! Laughing
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RockitRon



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This album (and the artist himself) has drawn a lot of flak over on the BBC Music and Folk boards, and in the wider world, as a heated debate rages over its credentials and qualification as a true folk work. I'm no expert in the field, but the sleevenotes indicate that all the songs are based on or inspired by various West Country legends and events. Four of the songs are traditional arr Lakeman, the rest he wrote himself.

The music is a very melodic folk/pop mix, and that, as much as anything else, I suspect, is what has got the trad world steamed up - there's no finger-in-the-ear stuff. Lakeman does not have a very distinctive voice, but he's had some assistance in that department from some high-profile folk names (Steve Knightley and Cara Dillon) and instrumentally plays a mean tenor guitar and violin (much to the fore on the first single Lady Of The Sea), with a very fine backing band and production (much has been made of the major-label remixing, but since I don't have the original, which is no longer available anyway, I can't comment).

The White Hare was particularly radio-friendly and in truth is probably the most bland of the tracks. Many others, however, would, in another time now past, have attracted airplay in the same way that Fairport, Steeleye and Lindisfarne used to. It's not truly acoustic but nor is it heavy - there's no rock-style bass and percussion. It needs more than one proper listen, but it does grow on you; I was initially rather dismissive of the album and only got it on impulse as it was part of a special online-retailer offer, but I have come to quite like it and am pleased I did.
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Ron. it sounds good. I'll probably buy it- on special offer at 7.95. Not bad Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RockitRon wrote:
but he's had some assistance in that department from some high-profile folk names (Steve Knightley and Cara Dillon).


Not surprised re Cara Dillon - she's his sister-in-law....
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