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Seth Lakeman gives folk-singing masterclass to university students in Plymouth

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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Workshop: Seth Lakeman

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He is used to playing in front of thousands at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues but folk-singer Seth Lakeman tried his hand at a more intimate gig recently when he led a workshop for students at Plymouth University.

The Devon-based musician spent time working with nine budding singer-songwriters ahead of their performances at a festival being staged in Plymouth next weekend.

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005, the folk-singer performed some of his work and spoke to the music undergraduates about their own songwriting and inspiration.

Lakeman, currently celebrating the success of his seventh solo album, Word of Mouth, said: “This workshop was a great chance to share my practice as a singer-songwriter with young and upcoming musicians and to pass on the dying traditions of storytelling.

“You really have to get into the subject matter and become deeply involved to reveal the heart of an interesting story.”

Plymouth graduate Magdalena Walker, who performs under the name Miss Walker and helped to coordinate the workshop, said it gave students the chance to think how they might source their future inspiration. She said: “The students chosen for this workshop all write their own original material, so it was great for them to hopefully learn from someone who employs such a novel approach to songwriting.”

The nine students will be performing at the Peninsula Arts Words and Music Festival, sponsored by the Suzanne Sparrow (Plymouth) Language School and the B-Bar, taking place at The Hub in Plymouth over two days next weekend.

As well as the student showcase, it will also feature the premiere of a major new piece by internationally renowned composer Roxanna Panufnik, with the lyrics based on the words of William Shakespeare.

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