Friday, March 16, 2012 - 02:30

Illustrious folk singer and fiddler Seth Lakeman will be joining the line-up for a special day of folk at the Eden Sessions on Sunday, July 1.

The one-day festival will be headlined by Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Stornoway, Bellowhead and other luminaries of the folk world.

Seth, who performed on the Biotik stage as part of last year’s Primal Scream Session, has released six albums, included 2004’s Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay and his latest offering Tales from the Barrel House.

Seth’s intense violin riffs accompany both foot-stomping anthems and thought-provoking ballads, all with a distinct Westcountry flavour.

Gathering inspiration from his roots, Dartmoor-based Seth went so far as to record one track from Tales from the Barrel House inside a disused Westcountry copper mine. The rest of the songs were created at Morwellham Quay, a mining port on the north bank of the River Tamar, whose cooperage provided the album’s title.

Martin Williams, Marketing Director at the Eden Project, said: “I’m always amazed by the sheer energy of Seth’s performances. He’s a brilliant addition to what will be a day of outstanding music from both well-loved names and fresh-faces on the folk scene.”

The folk Eden Session joins musical comic Tim Minchin (Saturday June 23), dance supremo Example and grime artist Devlin (Saturday June 30), UK soul and hip-hop star Plan B (Friday July 6) and Blink-182 (Sunday July 8 - SOLD OUT) on the bill for the Eden Sessions in 2012. More acts will be announced soon.

The Eden Sessions enter their eleventh year in 2012, following an acclaimed series of gigs in 2011, featuring Brandon Flowers and Pendulum among others. Previous years have seen performances from acts including Oasis, Kasabian, Mumford & Sons, Florence and the Machine and Muse.

Eden’s Inside Track is back for the 2012 Eden Sessions. Members get a guaranteed pair of tickets to each show, with seven days to decide whether to buy them before they go on general sale. As well as priority booking and the latest Sessions news, Inside Track also gives members the chance to win exclusive Eden Sessions prizes.

Tickets to the folk Eden Session cost £35 plus booking fee and go on general sale at 6pm on Tuesday March 20. To book, contact the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972 or visit