For so long, Seth Lakeman's story was one of an English folk singer-songwriter who had broken ranks from his sibling band (The Lakeman Brothers) to record a solo album for just £300 which was nominated for a prestigious music prize. So far, so plucky.
Following such a high-impact debut as 2004's Kitty Jay (although not his first record), many would have struggled to live up to the inevitable raised expectations. Just ask Corynne Elliot, aka 2009 Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle.
But Seth Lakeman has long since erased any doubt about his credentials, gracefully graduating into a fully-fledged folk professional, held in the highest esteem by the establishment and afforded the genres top accolades. He is folk's young prince, no longer the pauper.
Lakeman's sixth studio album, Tales from the Barrel House, was a limited edition release in November 2011 and is set for a full, national re-issue on the 2nd April ahead of another busy summer which includes a headline slot at the National Forest Folk Festival 2012 in Ashby de la Zouch on 7th July - we have tickets available now priced just £20.
The autumn tour kicks off in Derby on 7th October, followed by shows in Coventry, Manchester, Birmingham and more, including a London date at Cadogan Hall on 13th October 2012.
We will have tickets available from 9am on Friday 30th March 2012, priced from £18, except for Derby and Manchester gigs which are on sale now.