For folkies, rockers and folk rockers alike, it’s one of the tours of the year – a double-headline featuring English multi-instrumentalist, virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman and Australia’s own international troubadour Carus Thompson.

With both artists playing The Byron Bluesfest and being firm friends and touring buddies, the time was right for Seth’s first ever visit to Australia, a capital city tour of intimate Oz venues.

In the UK Seth has sold over one quarter of a million records and been credited with bringing folk music to a whole new audience. His debut album, “Kitty Jay” was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2005 and his second album “Freedom Fields” saw him signed to EMI’s Relentless Records, alongside the likes of KT Tunstall and Joss Stone.

He’s crossed over into mainstream radio play, performed at all the major UK and European festivals, including Glastonbury, and was named “Folk Singer of The Year” as well as awarded “Album of the Year” at the BBC’s Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.

Australia’s own folk-roots rocker, Carus Thompson, now a veteran of the Oz touring circuit shot to national prominence alongside Fremantle mates John Butler and The Waifs with the explosion of roots music. His last three albums “Three Boxes”, “Creature Of Habit” and “Caravan” have all steadily built his reputation as a gifted songwriter and storyteller akin to Paul Kelly, Tim Roger or Mick Thomas.

As well as here at home, the last eight years have seen him touring non-stop across Europe, playing to a rapidly expanding fan base in Germany, France, Switzerland and The UK.

Seth and Carus became friends during Carus’ first UK tours, prior to Seth being nominated for the Mercury Prize. The two struck up a firm friendship and when Seth’s Mercury nomination came through and he shot into the stratosphere, he took Carus along with him.

If you want to see two highly experienced, accomplished, energetic and passionate live performers backed by their respective bands, from either side of the globe, do not miss this tour.

For Seth Lakeman fans it’s a chance to see him playing on his first tour of Australia, in intimate venues a tenth the size of what he plays in the UK and for Carus Thompson fans you’ll see him with his band, sharing the stage with one of his best mates.

Saturday 7 April Harvester Moon
2330 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine VIC
Tickets: www.harvestermoon.com.au / 5259 3200

Sunday 8 April – Bennetts Lane,
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne VIC
www.bennettslane.com / Tickets: www.bennettslane.com

Monday 9 April – Bennetts Lane,
25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne VIC
www.bennettslane.com / Tickets: www.bennettslane.com

Tuesday 10 April – The Vanguard
42 King St, Newtown, Sydney NSW
www.thevanguard.com.au / Tickets: www.thevanguard.com.au

Thursday 12 April – Clancy’s Fish Pub
51 Cantonment st, Fremantle WA
www.clancysfishpub.com.au / Tickets: Mills Records, 78s, Planet Video & www.heatseeker.com.au

Friday 13 April – The Hyde Park Hotel
331 Bulwer St, North Perth WA
www.hydeparkhotel.com.au / Tickets: Mills Records, 78s, Planet Video & www.heatseeker.com.au

Saturday 14 April – Fairbridge Festival
Fairbridge WA
Tickets: www.fairbridgefestival.com.au

Sunday 15 April – Fairbridge Festival
Fairbridge WA
Tickets: www.fairbridgefestival.com.au