Couple having a whale of a time ahead of home show

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
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Sean Lakeman and Kathryn Roberts play Barnsley this week as part of a UK tour to promote their critically acclaimed Tomorrow Will Follow Today album release.

But Kathryn is no stranger to these parts.

Barnsley born and bred, the Devon-based folk star is looking forward to road-testing their new material on home-ground.

“We are really excited about this tour and it is always nice to be home,” she says.

The album’s material, however, reaches far beyond the comforts of domesticity.

Subject matter varies from sea creatures to murder ballads.

Child Owlet is a traditional tale about incest, murder and betrayal, while 52 Hertz is a tragic tale about a lonely whale.

Kathryn – who is married to Sean – said: “That was really funny. I keep a folder of rhymes and lyrics I’ve written over time and every now and again Sean will look through them and pick ones to write music for.

“When I wrote that story I thought ‘he’ll never choose this one’, but he did.”

The song was inspired by a news story.

“It was about a year ago I heard the story, but basically it’s about a whale who ends up alone at sea because of miscommunication,” she says.

“I thought that idea would strike a chord with anyone as it’s so sad, but it also shows how we can relate to the experiences of other species.”

Then there’s A Song to Live By, which she penned for her daughters.

“I wrote that as a positive reaction to a bad day one of my daughter’s was having,” Kathryn says. “Something had happened at school that had upset her and I wanted to reassure her to give her some perspective and focus.”

The pair were both signed to major labels as teenagers.

After two decades of performing the pair have created a fusion of sublime vocals and intricate, fast guitar work on stage. The combination has made them one of folk’s must-see acts.

n Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will bring their Tomorrow Will Follow Today tour to The Civic, Barnsley, tomorrow, from 8pm. For tickets, priced £14.50, visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk