Kathryn Roberts

Kathryn Roberts is an English folk singer, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Kathryn Roberts
Kathryn Roberts CROP
Roberts in 2015
Background information
Born26 November 1974 (age 44)
OriginBarnsley, Yorkshire, England
GenresEnglish folk, British folk rock, acoustic folk
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Woodwind
Years active1994–present
LabelsiScream Music, WEA, Rough Trade, Putumayo
Associated actsSean Lakeman, Seth Lakeman, Sam Lakeman, Equation, The Lakeman Brothers, Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby, Cecil Sharp Project

Early career

Roberts' first released recordings were on the album Intuition, a collection of songs by various South Yorkshire folk artists which also included her friend Kate Rusby. Roberts went on to record the critically acclaimed album Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts with her in 1995,[1][2] which was voted Album of the Year by fRoots Magazine.


Roberts and Rusby formed the band Equation,[3] along with Devon-based folk musicians the Lakeman Brothers (Sean, Sam and Seth), recording an EP CD during 1995. Rusby and Roberts shared lead vocals. This led to the group being signed to Blanco Y Negro / WEA by Geoff Travis. Rusby left soon after, to be replaced with Irish singer Cara Dillon. Dillon also left after one album, leaving Roberts as the sole lead singer. Equation made four albums and two EPs. They toured throughout the UK, Europe and extensively through the USA as a 'folk supergroup'.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Around 2001 Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman toured British folk clubs in an attempt to return to their folk roots. They released two albums as a duo, titled 1 and 2, before taking time away from the road to start a family. The couple returned to touring in 2011 and recorded their third album Hidden People in 2012. In 2013 they were voted Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Kathryn's song 'The Ballad Of Andy Jacobs' was also nominated as Best Original Song.

Other projects

Kathryn appeared on Seth Lakeman's albums Kitty Jay, Freedom Fields and Poor Man's Heaven (Album).

Kathryn took part in the Cecil Sharp Project in March 2011, a multi-artist residential project organised by the Shrewsbury Folk Festival to create new works based on the life, work and collecting of Cecil Sharp.

Personal life

Roberts is married to Sean Lakeman. They have twin daughters.


  • Intuition (1993)
  • Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts (1995)
  • EquationIn Session E.P. (1995)
  • Equation – Return To Me (1996, released 2003)
  • Equation – Hazy Daze (1998)
  • Equation – The Lucky Few (1999)
  • Equation – Dark Ages E.P. (2001)
  • Equation – First Name Terms (2002)
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – 1 (2003)
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – 2 (2004)
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Hidden People (2012)
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today (2015)
  • Cecil Sharp ProjectCecil Sharp Project 2011
  • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Personae (2018)


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Biography: Kate Rusby". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/kate-rusby-kathryn-roberts-mw0000666017
  3. ^ Harris, Craig. "Biography: Equation". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010.

External links

52-hertz whale

The 52-hertz whale is an individual whale of unidentified species, which calls at the very unusual frequency of 52 Hz. This pitch is a much higher frequency than that of the other whale species with migration patterns most closely resembling this whale's – the blue whale (10–39 Hz) or fin whale (20 Hz). It has been detected regularly in many locations since the late 1980s and appears to be the only individual emitting a whale call at this frequency. It has been described as the "world's loneliest whale".

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards celebrate outstanding achievement during the previous year within the field of folk music, with the aim of raising the profile of folk and acoustic music. The awards have been given annually since 2000 by British radio station BBC Radio 2.

Award recipients have included Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, John Martyn, Steve Earle, The Dubliners, Martin Carthy, Billy Bragg, Shirley Collins, Kate Rusby, Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Bellowhead, June Tabor, Aly Bain, Richard Thompson, Nancy Kerr, Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands, Lau, Tom Paxton, Don McLean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nic Jones, Bella Hardy, Rhiannon Giddens, Norma Waterson, The Chieftains, Joan Armatrading and James Taylor.

Child Owlet

"Child Owlet" is Child ballad 291 and a murder ballad. It was performed by English folk-rock band Steeleye Span on their 2004 album They Called Her Babylon and by Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman on the album Tomorrow Will Follow Today. It is viewed negatively by many.


Ecumen is one of the United States' largest and oldest non-profit senior housing and services companies. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Ecumen was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Shoreview, Minnesota. It is governed by a 17-member board of trustees, and its president and CEO is Kathryn Roberts. Shelley Kendrick has been named Ecumen’s incoming President and CEO, effective Feb. 4. Currently Ecumen’s SVP of Operations and COO, Shelley succeeds Kathryn Roberts, who has led the organization since 2003. Kathryn will continue to serve as CEO Emeritus, leading Ecumen Philanthropy.Ecumen operates more than 70 senior housing and long-term care centers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho. This includes approximately 4,000 housing and care center units. Ecumen’s housing and service options include independent living, at-home residential services and home care, adult day services, assisted living housing, hospice, memory care housing and nursing homes that provide long-term care and short-term rehabilitative services.

In addition to direct-to-consumer services, Ecumen provides national senior housing development services, clinical consulting and management services to third parties.

Ecumen has more than 12,000 customers and employs approximately 4,000 people. Its 2009 revenues were $125.8 million. Ecumen was named ten for straight years (2004 to 2014) as one of Minnesota's "Best Places to Work" by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Equation (band)

Equation were a young Devon-based folk band formed in 1995 to combine the core talents of the Lakeman Brothers with Kathryn Roberts and Kate Rusby, later replaced for a spell by Cara Dillon. The band remains an unsung supergroup of the contemporary British folk rock scene of the 1990s as its members went on to become award winning recording artists in their own right.Their first single He loves me was originally released in 1996 on the Blanco Y Negro-WEA label and was followed by four studio albums.

The Times newspaper reviewed their first official album release Hazy Daze in 1998, scoring 7/10 and giving a favourable comparison to Fairport Convention.


fRoots (pronounced "eff-Roots", originally Folk Roots) is a specialist music magazine published quarterly in the UK. It specialises in folk and world music, and features a compilation downloadable album with every issue, with occasional specials. In 2006, the circulation of the magazine was 12,000 worldwide.The magazine is also involved in live music production, as well as the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, and the Europe in Union concert series.


Fotheringay was a short-lived British folk rock group, formed in 1970 by singer-songwriter and musician Sandy Denny on her departure from Fairport Convention. The band drew its name from her 1968 composition "Fotheringay" about Fotheringhay Castle, in which Mary, Queen of Scots had been imprisoned. The song originally appeared on the 1969 Fairport Convention album, What We Did on Our Holidays, Denny's first album with that group. The original Fotheringay released one, self-titled album but disbanded at the start of 1971 as Denny embarked on a solo career. 45 years later, a new version of the band re-formed featuring the three original surviving members together with other musicians, and toured in 2015 and 2016.

Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. She has been a member of some of the most influential British folk duos and groups and is acknowledged internationally as a major songwriter, with her work being covered by a wide range of artists and groups. Her music is often classified as English folk, but contains strong American influences.

Kate Rusby

Kate Anna Rusby (born 4 December 1973) is an English folk singer-songwriter from Penistone, Barnsley. Sometimes called the "Barnsley Nightingale", she has headlined various British national folk festivals, and is one of the best known contemporary English folk singers. In 2001 The Guardian described her as "a superstar of the British acoustic scene." In 2007 the BBC website described her as "The first lady of young folkies". She is one of the few folk singers to have been nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Kate Rusby discography

The discography of Kate Rusby, an English folk singer, consists of thirteen solo albums, four albums as part of a duo or group, four extended plays (EPs), two video albums, nine singles, and one music video. Rusby's debut was Intuition, an album recorded in collaboration with five other female singers from Yorkshire, which was released on a small label in 1993. Her breakthrough came with an eponymous album recorded with Kathryn Roberts, another of the singers featured on Intuition. This album, which was named as the best of the year by Folk Roots magazine, was the first release on Pure Records, a label set up by Rusby's father on which all her subsequent solo recordings have been released. Rusby and Roberts also formed the band The Equation in conjunction with The Lakeman Brothers, but Rusby left the group after their debut EP. In 1996 she joined the all-female folk group The Poozies, with whom she released one EP and one full-length album.In 1997 Rusby released her first solo album, Hourglass, and two years later followed it with Sleepless, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Two years later, Little Lights became Rusby's first release to enter the Top 100 of the UK Albums Chart, peaking at number 75. Her highest placing on this chart came with 2007's Awkward Annie, which reached number 32. In 2006 she provided guest vocals on the single "All Over Again" by Irish pop singer Ronan Keating, which reached number six on the UK Singles Chart. Rusby has also made guest appearances on albums by artists such as Roddy Woomble, Ella Edmondson and John McCusker, to whom she was formerly married.

Katherine Roberts (disambiguation)

Katherine Roberts is an English author.

Katherine Roberts may also refer to:

Katherine Roberts (TV personality)

Kathryn Roberts, English folk singer


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Shooting of Kathryn Steinle, a 2015 incident in San Francisco carried out by illegal immigrant Jose Inez Garcia Zarate

Navigator Records

Navigator Records is a small independent record label in the United Kingdom, specialising in folk and roots music. It is wholly owned by Proper Music Distribution and was launched in 2008.

Musicians who have recorded on Navigator Records include Merrymouth, Alyth, Jon Boden,Bellowhead, Bella Hardy, Boo Hewerdine, Lau,Paper Aeroplanes,Kathryn Roberts, Sean Lakeman

and Lucy Ward.

Sales Promotion (magazine)

Sales Promotion magazine is a monthly UK business-to-business magazine for people working in marketing.

It was launched in 1989 by Brainstorm Publishing, based in Hertford. It was then purchased in 1991 by Marketlink Publishing, based in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, and latterly Saffron Walden, Essex. [1] It remained part of the company’s portfolio after it was acquired by Eastern Counties Newspaper Group (ECNG) in 1999 for £5 million. When ECNG became Archant in 2002, the division publishing Sales Promotion changed its name from Market Link to Archant Specialist.[2]

Archant sold Sales Promotion magazine to Cambridgeshire-based Greenhill Publishing in 2005. The title was then bought by a newly formed company, Sales Promotion Publishing, in 2007.[3] It is published in partnership with UK trade association, the Institute of Sales Promotion.[4]

The magazine is currently published 11 times a year, distributed to a controlled circulation of 8,000 senior people working in marketing and sales, including marketing agencies. It covers marketing through all media channels including digital, direct mail and experiential marketing as well as staff and channel-partner motivation.[5]

Editors of the magazine have included Paul Rowney (founder) Kathryn Dale, Clare Irvin, Janine Hill, Mandy Thatcher, Lisa Burn, Kathryn Roberts, Jerry Glenwright and Gill Crawley, Matt Sullivan, Mark Ludmon and Martin Croft. They have regularly worked with guest editors drawn from the marketing community.

Sean Lakeman

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The Lakeman Brothers

The Lakeman Brothers were a folk music trio from England, consisting of Sean Lakeman, Sam Lakeman and Seth Lakeman. They released one album, Three Piece Suite, in 1994 before forming the band Equation with Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts.

Seth has gone on to have success as a solo artist, particularly with his Mercury Music Prize-nominated second album Kitty Jay (2004). Sean has recorded two albums with Kathryn Roberts and tours with Seth. Sam performs with his wife Cara Dillon.

The Mother's Malison

The Mother's Malison or Clyde's Water is Child ballad number 216, Roud 91.

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