Songwriting legend comes to the Arena

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman - Credit: Archant

Multi-award winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman is playing at the Alban Arena next Tuesday, February 3.

He will be joined by his band with support by BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Philip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Seth has released seven albums including 2005’s Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay, gold-selling Freedom Fields - featuring hit singles Lady of the Sea and The White Hare - and his latest album, Word of Mouth.

He has performed everywhere from Libya to Australia to Texas over the years as well as featuring on just about every major festival bill across the UK. In addition, he has toured extensively around Europe where he has also performed with others including Tori Amos and Clannad.

The concert gets underway at 7.30pm and tickets at £21.50 are available from 01727 844488 or online at

Two nights later on Thursday, February 5, The Classic Rock Show returns to the Arena.

After its sell-out 2014 tour, it comes back to the city this year with the Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs of all Time.

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This critically-acclaimed show celebrates its fifth birthday in 2015 and will toast the occasion in the best possible fashion, with some of the greatest moments in rock guitar history.

This year the show will focus on songs best known for their irresistible guitar hooks, instantly recognisable songs that have earned a golden status in the history of popular music.

The two and a half hour show, that begins at 7.30pm, features the music of The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Queen, Supertramp, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and many more.

Tickets are £22.50.

n Mr Turner, starring Timothy Spall as the eponymous artist, is being screened at the Arena next Wednesday, February 4.

Director Mike Leigh’s latest film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner.

Deeply affected by the death of his father and loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea.

Throughout, he travels, paints, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, gets strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a storm, and is both celebrated and loathed by the public and by royalty.

Screenings are at 1.30pm and 7.30pm with matinee tickets £5 and evenings £7 with concessions £5.