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11 February 2014

Review: Seth Lakeman at Truro Cathedral

Visitors to our luxury cottages Cornwall are often spoilt for choice with events to attend during their stay with us.

There was no exception to that rule on Saturday, when those staying at The Valley had the chance to see folk star Seth Lakeman in action at Truro Cathedral.

Two people who took advantage of that opportunity were John and Sandra, who were staying in the Stables over the weekend.

John’s written a short review of the gig and when he told us we asked if we could publish it on our blog – so here’s John’s review of Seth Lakeman in Cornwall:

“I’ll be honest – my wife and I are big fans of Seth Lakeman and the fact we’d be able to see him play while we were away was part of why we decided to go on a weekend break to Cornwall.

“We were expecting a good performance from Seth because he’s always been brilliant whenever we’ve seen him in the past and he didn’t disappoint – despite the wet and windy weather.

“There were a lot of people at the gig, which was hardly surprising considering how Seth is just about the biggest name in folk right now, and they were all able to enjoy a brilliant gig in incredibly atmospheric surroundings.

“The Cathedral is a great venue although its cavernous roof doesn’t make for great acoustics. That meant Seth wasn’t quite as sharp as usual but what was lost there was made up for by the atmospheric echo and reverb of the music rumbling around the roof.

“Another thing that added to the atmosphere and sense of occasion was the way the storm blowing outside beat the stained glass windows. The fact Seth sang about the 1981 Penlee lifeboat disaster in Solomon Browne and old Cornish steam engines in The Last Rider while everyone listening knew ships were being tossed about the Atlantic and the rail line at Dawlish was collapsing into the sea as he did so. That fact leant the whole gig an air of importance which made the lyrics of those songs even more impassioned than usual.

“With Seth’s songs striking such a chord and the venue adding so much to the performance it was an incredible experience on Saturday and I’m glad we got to be part of it. It’s definitely somewhere we’d go to see a band again.”

John and Sandra should get a chance to visit again soon with a number of other gigs at Truro Cathedral planned as part of Truro Festival.


Visit the website to find out what gigs will be taking place as they’re announced.

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