November 18, 2011, marks a milestone in music. In an effort to keep alive the dead men who worked dead jobs, Seth Lakeman wrote and sang all songs, played all instruments, and produced all tracks for the upcoming release The Tales from the Barrel House. What makes this record so special is where it was recorded? Read on to find out and to watch an introductory video to the project.
In a song about miner's "The Breakers", Lakeman had recorded the banjo and vocals from the very cave the local miners worked and died in. In a Blacksmith's shop, Lakeman uses the surrounding tools as percussion to provide the sounds that would be heard from the shop. In the video below, you'll see Lakeman hammering an anvil for that very purpose. You'll also find that he tells us that hammering an anvil is no easy task; it rather hurts. You can guarantee that Lakeman will have produced some new traditional folk songs.
The album will be a limited deluxe digipak edition. The first 1000 copies will be signed, and pre-orders start this Friday, November 4, at 10AM.