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With EMI's double CD set, you are able get instant access to two of the very talented Seth Lakeman's brilliant studio albums: 'Freedom Feilds' and 'Kitty Jay'. Seth is a Devon born folk singer/songwriter, whose sound will appeal to people of all ages.

Freedom Fields (2006):
Staying true to his musical routes, the songs on Seth's third album deal with traditional folk stories and legends, in this case, from his West Country home, but the music itself leans towards a more contemporary feel with the modern rhythms. The heavy fiddle and guitar playing by Seth is great, but it's the passionate and distinctive voice which he has that really makes his music most enjoyable to listen to.

My personal favourite songs are the excellent opener 'Lady Of The Sea (Hear Her Calling)', 'The Charmer', 'Childe The Hunter' and the absolute beauty of 'The White Hare', which, when collected together, are catchy, up-lifting, mystical and spiritual. Freedom Fields' was my first Seth album, and it made me an instant fan. I'd recommend this record to anyone who wishes to 'test-the-water', and you can then decide whether you wish to hear more, I did, and I ended up with a full set of prized albums.

Kitty Jay (2004):
Two years earlier, following the release of Seth's second album 'Kitty Jay', it was deservedly short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize for 2005. This is traditional folk music with a contemporary edge, and his subsequent albums, in which he repeated the winning formula, have led, not only to critically acclaim, but real chart success.

Here, on his breakthrough record, Seth recorded tunes which dealt with the usual traditional folk themes, legends and stories which were inspired by his hometown of Dartmoor. This is something that he would repeat on the albums which were to follow, and such bittersweet tales are always interesting to hear, not to mention having the ability to evoke some wonderful pictures which will circulate inside you're head if you have the creativity to let them. My personal favourites are the title track, the tragic story of a betrayal, 'Joe Lomas', and 'The Ballad Of Josie', which deals with a woman who also fell (literally) victim to a betrayal, from her recent lover.

By relying almost only on his violin, acoustic guitar, and that excellent voice of his, this is music from a real musician who knows how to write good songs. Considering the tiny budget of 500 pounds which was made to record the 'Kitty Jay' album, it's quite remarkable to have such a confident, compelling folk record, and one which, like the rest of Seth Lakeman's, will endear this timeless musical genre to new generations.
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on 8 June 2012
I bought this after I heard him play at the Cambridge folk festival some years ago. So Kitty Jay is the fiddle album and is full of stirring sounds. Also when he wants to Seth plays slow tracks that are so haunting you can feel them in your soul. Freedom is more acoustic guitar but is also very playable.
It is good to see that young players are coming through showing that folk music is current. Get this 2 CD package as it is very good value and both albums are amazing.
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on 29 June 2012
Seth Lakeman has a unique sound that appeals across the generations. Kitty Jay was the first album I heard and I now have a complete collection. Every song tells a story and some of those stories will break your heart.
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on 27 January 2013
This is my first purchase of any Seth Lakeman albums, and this set of two albums is very good value. I wasn't sure if I would like a whole album, having only heard the odd track here and there but both of these albums are brilliant and quite varied. I've not listened to them a lot as yet but will do.
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on 27 November 2012
After seeing 'White Hare' on youtube, ventured out to see Seth at our Town Hall. What a gig!!!!
Couldn't wait to get more. Two Cd's Wow well done Amazon- too good to miss. Singing and dancing around the house. Only given the album four stars because it's polished. Could do with a bit more of a raw edge.
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on 2 October 2012
Both of these albums are superb if very different. If you are already into Seth Lakeman you will have already bought them separately, but if not then please buy these. You will be getting two excellent CDs for less than the price of one and really can't lose on the deal.
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on 7 October 2014
Brilliant songwriter and musician. He just needs to chill a bit and try a bit of variety in his songs. I know folk music is a bit singular in its style, but people love to hear new stylings of songs. Try Under A Banner for variety
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on 16 September 2014
only found out about this artist this year, a very talented singer songwriter!! bought these two after hearing nothing by him and was very impressed!! going to see him live next year
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on 3 February 2013
Excellent and really good value for money, two good albums. I really like his music, The Race to be King is my favourite (from another album) but these have some good tracks too.
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on 15 April 2013
These albums are great am a new fan of Seth and these are good ones to start off with.
Postage was timely
Thanks very much
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