Premiere: Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – Child Owlet

K+S gothic profileFor Folk’s Sake are proud to premiere the brand new video from Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman today as the duo make a spectacular return with ‘Child Owlet,’ a a traditional ballad from the revered Child Ballad collection.

The track is taken from their upcoming album Tomorrow Will Follow Today, their boldest musical statement to date. After being voted “Best Duo” in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, and also nominated for “Best Original Song” (The Ballad of Andy Jacobs), in Tomorrow Will Follow Today they add two rarely covered traditional songs to eight confidently written compositions to create a superb new album.

This husband and wife duo had been absent from the music scene for almost a decade before their highly-acclaimed “Hidden People” CD (2012) was released. Sean was busy touring the world with brother Seth’s band whilst Kathryn remained in Devon bringing up the couple’s twin daughters.

The Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with “quality” during their musical careers which started when they were signed to a major label as teenagers. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn’s sublime vocals merge seemlesly with Sean’s deft and inventive live guitar work on stage – and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart-topping hit records for brother Seth Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead…as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts.

So here it is: the brand new single, ‘Child Owlet’ for your listening pleasure.


Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will also be on tour in the next few months and you can find the full lost of dates below. Support will come from another FFS favourite, Hattie Briggs:

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman: UK Tour 2015


27th: Bristol, Folk House

28th: Stroud, The Convent

29th: Chipping Norton, Theatre


1st: Runcorn, The Brindley

2nd: Bury, The Met

3rd: Matlock Bath, The Fishpond

4th: Durham, Gala Theatre

5th: Skipton, The Mart Theatre

6th: Seahouses, St. Cuthbert’s House

9th: Pocklington, Arts Centre

10th: Barnsley, The Civic

14th: Farnham, Maltings

15th: Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre

16th: Brighton, Komedia

17th: London, King’s Place

18th: Maidstone, Hazlitt Arts Centre

19th: Salisbury, City Hall

20th: Bromsgrove, Artrix

21st: Milton Keynes, The Stables

22nd: Hereford, The Courtyard Arts Centre

24th: Didcot, Cornerstone Arts Centre

25th: Stourport, Stourport Civic Hall

26th: Cambridge, Junction 2

29th: Tewskebury, The Roses

30th Exeter, The Phoenix


1st: Great Torrington, The Plough Arts Centre

2nd: Dorchester, Arts Centre

For tickets, visit the official Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman website here.