Seth ded­i­cates new folk al­bum to Tris­tan

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - News - BY MAX CHANNON

Folk star Seth Lake­man has ded­i­cated his new al­bum to Ply­mouth jour­nal­ist Tris­tan Ni­chols who trag­i­cally died last month.

Seth, left, and Tris­tan, right, had been friends since child­hood and the mu­si­cian, who grew up on Dart­moor, was dev­as­tated by the death of the 40year-old for­mer de­fence re­porter for WMN’s sis­ter pa­per, The Herald.

In a poignant tribute, Seth said he was ded­i­cat­ing the al­bum and its ti­tle track to Tris­tan, who died sud­denly and un­ex­pect­edly at his home in Sal­tash. Just four months be­fore his death, Tris­tan had his first child, daugh­ter Mia Luna, with wife Jacky.

Seth said: “Tris­tan and I lived to­gether for four years and went on count­less hol­i­days.

“What has hap­pened is so dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend, with no ac­ci­dent or ill­ness – life will never be the same again.

“The song ‘Well Worn path’ re­ally re­minds me of Tris­tan – it has a sonic, spir­i­tual sound. It’s emo­tive and ties up ev­ery­thing on the al­bum.” Trib­utes to Tris­tan poured in from friends and col­leagues all over the world.

Tris­tan, who worked at The Herald for 14 years in two spells, died sud­denly at his home in Sal­tash on Oc­to­ber 12.

He is sur­vived by his wife Jacky and his baby daugh­ter Mia Luna, born in June 2018.

The for­mer de­fence re­porter at The Herald was well re­spected and hugely pop­u­lar. Since break­ing the tragic news of his death the city’s web­site, Ply­mouth Live, The Herald and the WMN have been swamped with mes­sages of con­do­lence.

Trib­utes have ar­rived from for­mer co-work­ers in the USA, Aus­tralia, and Hong Kong, and from across the UK in­clud­ing Lon­don and Bris­tol.

Matt Flem­ing, for­mer Herald jour­nal­ist now work­ing in Hong Kong, wrote: “I can’t be­lieve it. I have been in shock. Ab­so­lutely tragic. Such an awe­some dude.”

John Casey, who was Tris­tan’s news ed­i­tor early in his ca­reer, said: “Could not be­lieve it when heard. Still can’t re­ally. So des­per­ately sad.”

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