Winners of ‘Best Duo’ at the 2013 and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman visit Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre next month as part of 12-week UK in support of their new eight-track EP, Saved For A Rainy Day.
AAA caught up with the hugely talented husband and wife duo for a quick chat of their visit to the Capital. You can see the gig details below, and check out a few of their songs.
After a break to have their twin girls, the former Equation band members returned in fine form with two acclaimed albums – Hidden People (2012) followed by Tomorrow Will Follow Today (2015).
Personae, their fifth studio album, is an eclectic emotional see-saw of material, melding ten tracks of traditional ballads and their own versatile material, not surprisingly produced by Sean.
Personae was released on the Iscream label on March 9 and distributed by Proper Records.
AAA caught up with the dynamic duo for a quick chat ahead of their visit to Edinburgh.
Pan’s Labyrinth is definitely up there.
The mythical story telling is done in such a masterful and powerful way.
The juxtaposition between the young girl’s fantasy world and her horrific real life is very clever.
We look forward to seeing the Director Guillermo Del Toro’s new Oscar winning The Shape of Water, which looks like it is also visually stunning.
We are both still strangely attached to the first singles we both bought as kids.
Kathryn: Karma Chameleon by Culture Club – I still remember the watershed moment of seeing Boy George on Top of the Pops and not knowing if it was he or she.
Sean: One Vision by Queen – Such a titanic rock sound was electrifying for a young budding guitarist. Fingers were shred for many hours after purchase of this single from Plymouth’s Woolworths. ’Fried Chicken!!’
The album we can agree on is Feats Don’t Fail Me Now by Little Feat.
We played this to death on our many US tours with our old band Equation.
It’s great road music by one of the great American groove bands.
We are soooo in love with the sound of Lowell George’s voice. It still is the first album to get played at a party at our house.
We have seen many great gigs but one that stands out for us both was seeing the great Randy Newman in a tiny hotel room in Boulder Colorado asking the dozen of us in the audience for requests.
Kathryn: I first read The Lord of the Rings aged 8 years old and I return to it frequently.
Sean: I can spend hours with a big old Atlas. I have always loved maps.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Monday 1o April, show 8pm, £11, 0131-228 1404, www.traverse.co.uk
Fri 17 Calstock Arts, Calstock
Sat 18 Calstock Arts, Calstock
Thu 23 St Austell Arts Theatre, St Austell
Fri 24 Bishopstone (nr Salisbury )
Sat 25 The Beehive, Honiton
Wed 29 Merlin Theatre, Frome
Thu 30 Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
Fri 31 The Watermark, Ivybridge
Fri 7 The Beehive Folk Club, Sheffield
Sat 8 The Old Fire Station, Carlisle
Sun 9 Glassel Hall, Banchory
Mon 10 Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tue 11 Inchyra Arts Club, Inchyra
Wed 12 Eyemouth Hippodrome, Eyemouth
Thu 13 St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses
Fri 14 The Roots Music Club, Doncaster
Sat 15 The Ropewalk, Barton Upon Humber
Thu 20 The David Hall, South Petherton
Fri 21 The Lights, Andover
Sat 22 St John’s Church, Farncombe
Sun 23 Corn Exchange, Dorchester
Wed 26 The Red Lion, Birmingham
Thu 27 Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe
Fri 28 Rhosygilwen – Cilgerran, West Wales
Sat 29 Chapel Arts, Bath
Thu 4 The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Fri 5 The Witham, Barnard Castle
Sat 6 Selby Town Hall, Selby
Sun 7 Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
Mon 8 The Green Note, London
Tue 9 St Neots Folk Club, St Neots
Thu 11 The Key Theatre, Peterborough
Sat 13 Dart Music Festival, Dartmouth
Thu 18 Union at The Con Club, Lewes
Fri 19 The Albany Theatre, Deptford
Sat 20 Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Sun 21 The Little Langthwaite Sessions, Kings Langley
Fri 26 Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Sat 27 Chester Folk Fest
Sun 28 Bearded Theory Fest
Mon 29 Exmouth Fest
Thu 1 Lighthouse Studio, Poole
Fri 2 Limelight Theatre, Ayelsbury
Sat 3 Stratford U Avon Folk Festival (aft)
Sat 3 Wychwood Folk Club, Wychwood (PM)
Sun 4 Something to smile about Fest
Sun 18 Beverley F Fest
Sat 24 Jinney Ring Fest
Sun 25 Compton Verney Fest