Question of Culture
Seth Lakeman Singer/musician
Ry Cooder. He has such a remarkable way of integrating with any genre or culture of music.
Led Zeppelin had such a striking, solid progression of music. Individually, they were incredible musicians as well as a great example of the power of a band.
Your desert island discs?
'Saint Teresa' by Joan Osborne -- it reminds me of my teenage years; 'I Live In Fear' by Go Jane Go -- my best discovery of last year; and 'Mysore Se Aayi' by Raghu Dixit -- perfect for a sunny day on a desert island.
Strangest thing you've seen happen during a gig/festival?
I remember one show I played in Tripoli when I was on tour with the British Council in Libya (in 2006). Fully armed guards were dancing in the rows. It was very intimidating. They had all the lyrics to the songs translated, and were singing away during the whole gig.
The best stage production you've ever seen?
I went to watch AC/DC at Wembley Stadium a few years ago. They had a full train engine crashing through the set and played for two-and-a-half hours.
Last book you read and loved?
The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane. It's a stunning book tracing the forgotten tracks, highways and sea paths that make up Britain.
Favourite film? Why?
Withnail and I. I used to watch it constantly. It seems to have inspired a whole generation and it has such a great performance from Richard E Grant.
Last film you saw and loved?
The Intouchables, a French comedy that I didn't expect to enjoy so much as I'd never heard of it.
Last film you saw and hated?
I watched The World's End the other night and I was very disappointed.
Favourite TV show?
Strictly Come Dancing. My wife makes me watch it!
India, especially Kerala and Cochin. I love the culture, the colours and the cuisine. Also it's where I proposed!
Bob's East End Cafe, in Tavistock, Devon: it has the best scrambled eggs.
Wine or beer?
Beer. Jail Ale is my favourite.
- Seth Lakeman will perform at St Michan's Church on January 25 as part of the Temple Bar Tradfest (January 22-26). See www.templebartrad.com