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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman + Hattie Briggs / Folk, Live Music

Fri 3Apr
8:00 PM

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Kathryn Roberts & Sean LakemanTwin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple.

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.

With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

Sean LakemanSean Lakeman
Whether on stage or in the studio Sean Lakeman is a tour-de-force of modern folk music. As the eldest of the 3 ‘Lakeman Brothers’, Sean was raised on Dartmoor and has played the guitar since the age of six. He was recognized at an early age as one of the most promising guitarists around. Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters ‘Equation’, he then famously went on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother ‘Seth’, producing his most successful albums, garnering many awards, a wall full of gold and silver records and a top ten hit album along the way. As a member of Seth’s live touring band Sean has played at the highest level, breaking down boundaries and and winning over legions of music fans with a commitment and energy seldom seen from a folk band. Sean excels when working within a band, and his services have been called upon by many other leading artists and groups. As well as producing all 3 Kathryn and Sean albums to date his production credits include some of the biggest names in British folk and folk-rock , including Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Rev Hammer and Show of Hands.

Kathryn RobertsKathryn Roberts
A lauded singer, one of the finest of her generation, Kathryn is held in the highest regard by peers and music fans alike. Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, Kathryn has simply sung since she could speak. Her musical parents took great delight in introducing her to many types of music including a regular summer trawl of folk festivals. This engendered a life long love of traditional song and also introduced her to some of the finest young talent on the British folk scene. An early duo career with fellow Barnsleyite Kate Rusby led to much critical acclaim and an award winning album. This partnership led swiftly to the teaming up with 3 brothers from West Devon and the folk – pop band ‘Equation’ was born. Many years fronting the band saw Kathryn grace exotic stages all over the world, 5 years of which were spent almost exclusively in the U.S. Her relationship with Sean Lakeman flourished both personally and musically, and after a decade of relentless touring the two decided to return to their English roots and gig as an acoustic duo. Two albums and several tours of UK folk clubs swiftly cemented a formidable reputation. Now after a few years of proud motherhood she feels ready to return to the place she belongs, singing at the front of a stage.

Hattie Briggs is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee 2014.  The 21 year-old quit Oxford University in the 2nd year of her Russian degree to concentrate on her musical career in January 2014. Since then, her music has been played on TV, on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6Music as well as many regional BBC radio stations.  Now just over a year later she is set to release her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April with a single ‘A Beautiful Mind’ on the same day.  The album includes a cover of Eva Cassidy’s version of ‘Fields Of Gold’, produced by Eva’s brother, Dan Cassidy, who also plays a violin solo on the record.

Hattie released her debut EP ‘My Shepherd’s Hut’ in November 2013, and has subsequently had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, including ‘Pull Me Down’ that reached number 19, and ’Old Eyes’, that features jazz musician Alec Dankworth.  Key live performances include the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood Festival and supports with the likes of Seth Lakeman and Sam Brookes.  She was also a featured artist in an emerging talent documentary by BBC Introducing In The West.

With a relentless creative fire inside and inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Hattie recorded her debut album at Monnow Valley Studios, produced by Peter Waterman (Joss Stone/Uriah Heep).  Seven of Hattie’s songs have recently reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest with two making the final.  With her first national tour about to be announced,  it’s set to be an exciting 2015.



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