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Folk, Singer Songwriter
I Scream Music UK
March 9, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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Personae - (Plural Noun): "The aspect of a character that is presented to or perceived by others"

Duos come and duos go... And some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship.

Personae, their landmark fifth studio album is an eclectic emotional see-saw of a journey, melding ten tracks of traditional ballads and their own self-penned versatile material. Once again Roberts & Lakeman have created an album by turns curious, thought-provoking, moving and magical ? a complete cornucopia astutely delivered by one of the most intriguing, uninhibited and popular duos on the British folk scene. Most definitely not 'personae non gratae'.

The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted "Best Duo" title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove - always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with (increasingly) their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive, across folk, rock, country and blues genres.

A deft acoustic and electric guitarist and slick producer, Lakeman's feted skills are matched by the exquisite voice and fluid piano and woodwind of Barnsley-born Roberts. Lakeman sibling Seth lends subtle fiddle along with the energetic guest vocals of Sam Kelly who features on the album's dramatic opening track 'The Knight's Ghost'.

Press Quotes

'They have reached a peak with 'Personae', a fine and accessible album built on firm foundations of skilful songwriting, world-class arrangements and performances'.

Folk Radio UK

'Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman exude class-Kathryn's dramatic piano & haunting vocals supported by Sean's skilful guitars & deft production -this is another excellent album from a duo right at the top of their game' * * * *

Rock n Reel

'Another exquisite collection from the twice winners of the Folk Awards Best Duo and one which could easily see them lining up to bag a hat trick'

Louder Than War

'Their best yet.'

Living Tradition

'One of the very best folk duos (of any era) ; This album is their career best'

Newcastle Chronicle

'This album is brilliant'


'While they continue to produce albums of this stature, Kathryn and Sean need have no fear of losing their reputation as one of the most assured & entertaining duos on the folk scene'.


'Sharp, witty and accomplished there is a class to Roberts & Lakeman's new album that cannot be measured on any known scientific apparatus'

Folk Phenomena

" 'Personae' absolutely bubbles with energy-their best work to date "


'Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have become one of the most adored & formidable folk duos in recent years. The bold and inspiring 'Personae' is a veritable feast for the ears.'


'Personae' remains an album for which the word 'perfect' is perfectly accurate'


'A stunning array of vocal and musicianship excellence'.

Chords and the truth

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number ISCD16
Barcode 0634158782657
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 96g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The Knight's Ghost 04:17
2. Independence 04:45
3. Tribute Of Hands 03:51
4. Solo 03:43
5. The Poison Club 02:34
6. Seasons 03:49
7. The Street Of The Cats Who Dance 03:42
8. Boney's Defeat 02:36
9. Old, Old, Old 04:10
10. Goddess Made Flesh 03:26