Saw this in the Norwich Chapelfield store today.
Back in the summer of 2005, just as Seth Lakeman was receiving word of the Mercury nomination for 'Kitty Jay', he was already in the process of completing his next album, 'Freedom Fields'.
Now featuring re-recorded tracks, 'Freedom Fields' takes its name from a skirmish which took place on 3rd December 1643, where after vicious fighting the Roundhead Garrison of Plymouth made their final rally, routed the King's army (the Cavaliers) and this uprising changed the course of English history.
The album contains a compelling array of songs inspired by the West Country and unlike the previous album, explores the turmoil of conflict, war and freedom, rather than myths and legends. Several songs are about the area's naval traditions, ('Lady Of The Sea'), while 'King & Country' along with the title track further examines the factions created by the English Civil War. Meanwhile, the world above and below ground is recorded in "The Colliers" which takes its theme from the oppression of the tin and copper miners.
What lifts this album from out of the more usual stock of folk inspired material is Seth's musical dexterity and energy, the passion and intensity of his delivery, how he skilfully and sympathetically applies historical experience to universal truths about the human condition.
"Here, surely, is the first major star from the latest folk revival." - The Guardian