“HIDDEN PEOPLE” is an apt title for the long-anticipated 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.”
Now, 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, this 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, this is surely to be one of the folk records of the year.
The esteem in which they are held is reflected in the list of artists who queued up to make a contribution: 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: