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Fast Five: Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

We met when I tried to sell Sean some raffle tickets at a folk festival in the early 90’s. – No, he didn’t buy any. Back then folk was quite ‘woolly jumper’ and anyone under the age of 30 was a kindred spirit, we ended up bumping into each other at all sorts of festivals and events. We never thought about calling our duo anything but our own names. Boring I know…

How would you describe your music?

We play bright intelligent contemporary folk music, writing lots of our own songs but also drawing on the traditional repertoire of the British Isles and America.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

We are about to release our fourth album together called ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’. It’s follows a really successful period for us. In 2013 we were voted ‘Best Duo’ by the BBC Radio Folk Awards and also had a nomination for best original song which really seemed to boost our profile massively. We hope to continue our run of good fortune by touring the songs from the new record. We have about 60 dates before the festival season kicks of. Look out for us in a town near you.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I would have to say Lowell George. He used to front the famed west coast band ‘Little Feat’. We used to tour the states a lot and his voice was the soundtrack to the road. Soothing, soulful and funky.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Right now we are stuck on Paul Simons ‘Gracelands’. Our 7 year old girls are just discovering it and its great to see how much joy and wonderment that record brings. It’s a record you just can’t turn off. Hopefully we’ll be stuck on the desert Island as a family so we won’t argue about sticking on ‘Gracelands’.

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