Star Seth's wedding 'like a mini festival'
MUSICIANS, family and friends travelled from as far as Australia to celebrate the marriage of folk star Seth Lakeman to his fiancee Hannah Edwards, a Derriford Hospital nurse.
The wedding of Seth, who was brought up in Buckland Monachorum near Plymouth, took place at Withiel, near Wadebridge in North Cornwall, under clear blue skies.
During the church service Hannah's 90-year-old grandfather, Granfer Foster – who is a Cornish bard – read a blessing in Cornish.
Seth's 90-year-old grandad, the Rev Ronald Gibbins – a retired Methodist minister – also delivered an address entitled Hopes for Marriage.
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Seth's sister-in-law, the award-winning Irish singer Cara Dillon, sang She Moved Through The Fair as the couple signed the register in Withiel's St Clement's Church.
Fiddle player Steve Potter played the couple down the aisle with a traditional tune on the violin.
Seth, a 35-year-old Mercury Music Award nominee, has insisted on basing himself in west Devon despite topping charts and gaining an international following for his music.
Hannah, aged 32, was born in Tavistock and works as a nurse in a neurological ward at Derriford Hospital.
The couple now live in Whitchurch, near Tavistock.
"The wedding was like a mini music festival," said Seth's dad and former Daily Mirror journalist Geoff Lakeman.
"Even the wedding invitations were printed like backstage passes and marked AAA ('Access All Areas').
"Hannah's family had put up a superb marquee at their home by the River Camel which accommodated 200 guests for a sit-down meal and there was a crazy party afterwards – that went on through the Sunday as well."
Seth's long-time musical mates, Mad Dog Mcrea, played during the evening of the wedding day..
Geoff added: "We didn't have to book any other musicians for the entertainment, there were so many there.
"Seth's brothers, Sean and Sam – who are also acclaimed musicians and producers – performed, along with Steve Knightley from Show of Hands, percussionist Cormac Byrne and Scottish fiddler Patsy Reid who performed on one of the music barges on the Thames for the Queen's Royal Jubilee pageant.
The couple are now on a camper van honeymoon in Italy with their Springer Spaniel, Bernie. Immediately after returning from honeymoon, Seth begins a tour of 16 dates taking in summer music festivals across Europe and the UK.
Locally people will get to see him at the Royal Citadel when he performs four dates as part of Music of The Night.
He will also perform at an end-of-tour show at Plymouth's Theatre Royal.