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A LOT has happened in five years for the powerful folk partnership of Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

The arrival of twin daughters plus Sean's major touring commitments as a member of his brother Seth Lakeman's band forced the popular Dartmoorbased couple to sideline their own performances.

Now they're back on the road and Rugby Roots is among the leading UK folk venues to stage a long overdue concert appearance tomorrow in the town's Lawrence Sherriff School.

Eldest of the three Lakeman Brothers and producer of Seth's first albums, Sean's excellent guitar playing was key to the sound of 1990s folk supergroup Equation - as was the outstanding singing of Kathryn.

The band featured all three Lakemans and Kathryn with fellow Barnsley lass Kate Rusby and ten years of touring allowed Kathryn and Sean's personal and musical relationship to flourish.

Tomorrow's show starts 8pm with an opening set by young Nottingham-based singer-songwriter Jezz Hall. Details and tickets from 01788 567338.

THERE'S a choice of music on offer for Stratford folk fans next week.

Award-winning melodeon player Andy Cutting appears at The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street, on Tuesday as part of the town's Music Festival while the widely recommended young alt-country band ahab performs at Cox's Yard. Andy is a member of groundbreaking band Blowzabella and his music draws from the traditions of Britain, France and Quebec.

His sensitive and expressive playing has featured in line-ups with Kate Rusby and John McCusker and he has recorded with Sting and John Illsley of Dire Straits.

Former London busking band ahab's British take on country rock has produced accolades from BBC presenters Bob Harris and Simon Mayo.

Talented songwriters, their tight guitar arrangements and warm four-part harmony vocals have been delighting concert and festival fans across the UK.

Book tickets for Andy's gig on 01789 207100 and for ahab on 01789 404600.


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 14, 2011
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