Music Q&A:
Kathryn Roberts
and Sean Lakeman

With over two decades of performance under their belts the Dartmoor-based husband and wife duo are releasing their fifth album, Personae, on 9 March and heading out on tour (dates below)

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Lots of history, legends and myths. We live on Dartmoor so that stuff is all around us. Also, we get to travel more than most so we pick up stories from interesting places all the time. It’s all about keeping your eyes and ears open.

How have you evolved as a band over the years?
Shared experiences are invaluable to any partnership so whether it be surviving a tortuous situation together or making a new musical discovery the fact we do it together strengthens our bonds both artistically and personally. We feel very lucky in that respect.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
We have just released our fifth album together, entitled Personae. It’s pretty eclectic, with songs about a Belgian giant, an elderly tortoise and ghostly knights. We are out on the road touring the songs for most of the year.

What’s on your rider?
No egg sandwiches!

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
Turning up to a star-studded festival backstage in Detroit carrying a smelly and leaking carrier bag of vomit. Quite an entrance!

What song do you wish you’d written?
American Tune by Paul Simon

What’s your worst lyric?
“He missed out on otters and abandoned seal pups,
Lands End, dinosaurs and a blind horse to feel up,
On day trips we had from Penzance.”
– K Roberts 2017

Touring from 15 March, the pair take in various northern venues: Southport – Atkinson, 17 March; Scarborough – Crescent, 18 March; Workington – Carnegie Theatre, 22 – March; Barnsley – Civic, 23 March; Bury – Met, 24 March. Visit for full list of dates

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