Cathedral concert

Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Robets
Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Robets
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THE LAKEMAN name is almost as synonymous with folk as the fiddle.

Sean Lakeman is as big a part of the folk circuit as his brother, Seth, and this week he comes to Sheffield.

And South Yorkshire’s nothing new to the Devon-born and bred musician. His partner, folk musician Kathryn Roberts, is a Barnsley girl.

“We spend a lot of time in Barnsley – it’s our northern base,” says Sean.

The pair co-write their tracks. “Kathryn’s more spontaneous than I am. She’s a great starter and has all these ideas and I’m good at finishing them,” says Sean.

Songs swing between sounding like traditional folk arrangements and contemporary ditties.

“Kathryn has this incredible ability to make a song sound like a traditional arrangement and that’s not an easy thing to do.”

The pair only write and play music that inspires them as individuals.

“I’m a great believer in doing what’s natural to yourself, and playing a sound that sounds good to you. Once you start writing to order that’s a dangerous pit to fall into. I’m a fan of Richard Thompson, whose fans follow his music no matter where he takes it. They are going on the journey with him.”

The pair will play at Sheffield Cathedral next week. “I’ve had quite a lot of experience playing cathedrals lately. A few are branching out and putting on gigs and it creates an ambience you don’t get in an arts centre.”

Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts play at Sheffield Cathedral on Friday, November 9.