“HIDDEN PEOPLE” was an apt title for the long-anticipated and much praised third album from husband-and-wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. They have been lynchpins of the UK’s burgeoning folk-acoustic revival over the last two decades – but a case, perhaps, of “always the bridesmaid and never the bride.”
At last, it’s their turn to burst out from the shadows to make a big noise in their own right. A year in the making, the bold and superbly – crafted album includes eight self-penned songs, one traditional arrangement and a poignant cover version. With Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery, Sean’s masterly arrangements and the sonic quality of production on the CD, it is easy to see why they were voted Best Duo at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
The esteem in which they are held is reflected in the list of artists who queued up to make a contribution on Hidden People: Sean’s famous brother Seth Lakeman; the award-winning Irish singer Cara Dillon; Levellers’ main man Mark Chadwick; veteran folk legend Dave Burland, Brit folk pioneer Jim Moray, Megson’s Stu Hanna, Caroline Herring from the USA and Greta Bondesson from Sweden’s sister trio Baskery.
Listen to a couple of track samples below: