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Kitty Jay [CD]

Seth Lakeman Audio CD
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Seth Bernard Lakeman (born 26 March 1977 Buckland Monachorum, near Yelverton, Devon) is an English folk singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, who is most often associated with the fiddle and tenor guitar, but has also mastered the viola and banjo. Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, Lakeman has belonged to several musical ensembles, including one with his two brothers, ... Read more in Amazon's Seth Lakeman Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000FGFU8G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. John Lomas
2. The Bold Knight
3. Fight For Favour
4. Kitty Jay
5. Farewell My Love
6. Blood Upon Copper
7. Henry Clark
8. The Storm
9. Cape Clear
10. The Ballad Of Josie
11. The Streamers

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dartmoor Delight 10 Dec 2006
By H. meiehofer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album represents the best of modern folk. It clearly has traditional influences and sensibility, but nevertheless has an edginess to it which gives it a modern feel.

The songs are inspired by the writer's home in Dartmoor and this allows for great variety ranging from old fashioned murder ballads to tales of the moors and the excitement (and the dread) of setting out to sea.

The outstanding track is the title number Kitty Jay, a sad tale of betrayal driven by a fantastic string riff.

Well worth exploring if you fancy dipping your toe in the waters of modern folk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmeric 5 Aug 2006
By S. Jones VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Not being a new folkie, an old folkie, or much of a folkie at all it took the Mercury Prize nomination to wake me up to the talent that is Seth Lakeman.

Was lucky enough to have him play a gig in a local pub in the week he was nominated, and was amazed by both his voice and fiddle playing as he ran through most of the Kitty Jay album in a tiny but packed venue.

Naturally I rushed to get this album and happily it sounds just as good. (Why does anyone spend more than three hundred quid on recording a album when you can achieve this quality in your kitchen?)

Whenever I hear Seth being interviewed he comes over as down to earth, good humoured and in love with the music, not the attention.. which gives me another reason to admire him.

What with Seth, Teignmouth's Muse, and the Superimposers, is Devon making a case for being the new home of quality music??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Modern Folk Album 16 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
Recorded for a cost of £500 in Seth Lakeman’s kitchen, Kitty Jay has a better and clearer production than albums recorded for 100 times its cost. It has propelled Seth to recognition following its nomination for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize. A good example of the Mercury bringing deserved exposure to a new act though Kitty Jay almost wasn’t entered for the competition at all as Seth had trouble stumping up the cash to produce the 50 copies which need to be submitted for entry…
Kitty Jay is a modern folk album with self-penned and traditional songs inspired by the legends of Dartmoor in Devon. Seth sings and plays violin with his brother Sean on guitar and other musicians contributing when necessary. The sparse acoustic sound has a crispness and warmth absent from most albums today but also present on The Waterboys’ excellent Universal Hall. Highlights include the brisk, catchy opener John Lomas and the title track, a stirring solo vocal and violin performance played memorably by Seth on the Mercury Prize winning night. Kitty Jay is definitely a modern, contemporary folk album rather than one full of dull, repetitive traditional verses as is evident on another highlight Blood Upon Copper, a folk-rock track reminiscent of early 70s Fairport Convention.
Kitty Jay didn’t win the Mercury Music Prize which is probably fortunate for Seth given the curse that seems to have befallen previous winners. His nomination though did give this fascinating album the exposure it deserves. More than a token folk entry Kitty Jay deserves a place in any music-lover’s collection.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A star rising in the South-West 25 May 2004
By M. SIRL
Format:Audio CD
Seth Lakeman might be known to many folk music fans as an erstwhile Oysterband collaborator but make no mistake, Seth has a style and a sound all of his own. Perhaps owing more to classic Fairport Convention than to the modern folk-rock synthesists this is an impressive debut set from the young man from Plymouth. Most of the songs here are either written about or inspired by the people and landscape of Devon are, without exception, immaculately crafted and performed. From haunting instrumentals to sea shanties, Seth pulls it all off with the same expertise and enthusiasm. I shall eagerly await more from this rising star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seth's second is a future classic 21 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
The majority of tracks on this CD are penned by Seth, who is one third ofthe prodigious Lakeman brothers (see also Equation; Cara Dillon). Theother tracks included have been given Seth's own distinctive treatment,and the overall impression is of a rich and seamless tapestry. As befits acollection of songs inspired by tales from his Dartmoor home, they allhave a much more traditional feel than his previous solo album (The PunchBowl).
The compelling imagery on this tapestry ranges from sumptuousPre-Raphaelite (The Bold Knight), to stark minimalism (Cape Clear). LikeDartmoor, many of the tracks have a dark and threatening atmosphere (evenfor traditional folk music, there is an abnormally high body count -murder, suicide, battles, accidental death and lost love), but the finaltrack (The Streamers) more than compensates - it is like the sun breakingthrough clouds, and could dispel the deepest gloom. It is an anthem tocarefree innocence - I've sat on that hill, looked at that view, in thatcompany, and been guided by the angels! Thank you Seth, this CD is a gem.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy this...Now. 13 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An amazing release that has brought a new level of light to the whole folk genre.
Richard Thompson if he didn't have so much bile and stomach ulcers.
Jeff Buckley if he had grown up in dartmoor.
Nick Drake if he'd cheered upa bit.
A sober John Martyn with a voice as beautiful as a spring morning.
Starting to get the picture? Just go buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Seth at his best
I'm quite a late-comer to Seth's music but find it's the perfect accompaniment to working, cooking, or just plain chilling out!
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Listen to this over and over. Have number of Seth Lakeman's CDs, like this one the best but they are all good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shar00shar
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Absolutely brilliant musician and writer, I was prompted to purchase this by my wife after seeing a Sky Arts concert featuring him and have now gone on to buy 3 more of his albums... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Trevor Heathcote
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD.
Some great songs on there, Seth a great storyteller with brilliant musicial ability and a decent voice. Really worth
the money.
Published 13 months ago by Frickleyman
2.0 out of 5 stars damaged goods
this cd arrived badly broken looked like it had been kicked around the floor for a week before being packed !!! envelope was not damaged !! sent back for refund
Published 14 months ago by Ms. A. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Seth
It is Seth and so if you are a fan what more can I say - you will love it!
Published 18 months ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Jay
Where have I been I have only just discovered Seth Lakeman. I now have three of his albums and will be purchacing the rest shortly. I adore track 1 John Lomas.
Published on 3 July 2012 by Penelope Pitstop
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect intro to folk
Kitty Jay remains a joy to listen. Its traditional folk quality mixed with an edgy attack makes it a perfect introduction to folk music. Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Charl
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 years of listening, and still love it
From the first hand claps to the last chord this is one great album. I have had this album for over 5 years now and i must listen to a track off it at least once a week, if not... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by Mr. M. J. Law
4.0 out of 5 stars last chords
I heard the last few chords of Lakeman's set at a festival perhaps a year ago. The 'sound' attracted my interest but as I walked into the tented stage, I heard 'Thanks very much -... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Grey haired rocker
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