Bonded by an easy charm and musical alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have grown together over two decades of performance, winning audiences’ hearts across the globe and the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013).
Articulate raconteurs, skilled musicians and innovative composers, they share stories though traditional songs and original material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. This Dartmoor-based duo have fine-tuned their art into something original, captivating and totally engaging.
“Skilled and wide-ranging… Entertaining and original.” – The Guardian
Supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman is Brìghde Chaimbeul
Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.
This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 16-20 October 2019, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.