Music Q&A:
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, best duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, head out on tour next month in support of their new EP Saved for a Rainy Day

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Tell us a bit about your sound and your influences.
We play folk music for the masses. A nod to the traditional, but also our own songs, which have a more contemporary perspective and usually involve a folk narrative. We are storytellers, basically.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?

We have played together for over 20 years, both as a duo and in a band (1990s folk-pop supergroup Equation). It’s the wealth of shared experiences on the road and in the studio that give us an ability to play to each other’s strengths. We can rely on each other with total confidence. We are one.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?

We are currently on an extensive 12 week tour, road testing new material written for our next album. It’s a rare treat to do that these days where the pressure is to have new product ASAP.

How do you stand out from the crowd in a saturated industry?

Our style of songwriting and depth of connection as musicians that have played together for more than 20 years hopefully gives us a bit of a USP. Also we don’t take ourselves too seriously and like to think we can always give an entertaining show to the unsuspecting.

What’s on your rider?
Definitely NO egg sandwiches – wine, beer, the standard stuff.

Tell us about your worst live show.

Once, we played a well known celebrity-run restaurant where there was a very flamboyant drunk party basically expecting and demanding singalong Abba covers. We had a nice dinner, did our thing until we could bear it no longer, packed up and politely left. Character building. Oh how we laughed!

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman play Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield on 4 May and the Witham, Barnard Castle, 5 May

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