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Sunday 28 December 2014

Stainton learned banjo for Lakeman

Lisbee Stainton has been writing music with Seth Lakeman
Lisbee Stainton has been writing music with Seth Lakeman

British singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton has revealed she learned to play the banjo so she could tour with Seth Lakeman.

The Just Like Me singer - who is currently gearing up to go on tour - was a big fan of Seth and said she jumped at the chance to work with him.

She explained: "We met last May when I was asked to support him around Germany. I'd never met him before but have been a big fan since I was about 17. He sent me an email asking if I'd like to sing some harmonies for him on the tour, which I thought was putting a lot of faith in someone he'd never met.

"It went well, singing together every night. As the tour went on people were telling us to do more stuff together. He asked me to go on another tour with him, playing the banjo. I couldn't play the banjo at that point but went out and bought one, learned it, and went on tour."

Lisbee, who released her latest album, Go, in 2011, has since written music with the folk singer.

:: Lisbee Stainton begins a UK tour this month. For more information, visit www.lisbeestainton.com.

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