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Roberts in 2015
|Born||26 November 1974|
|Origin||Barnsley, Yorkshire, England|
|Genres||English folk, British folk rock, acoustic folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, Piano, Woodwind|
|Labels||iScream Music, WEA, Rough Trade, Putumayo|
|Associated acts||Sean Lakeman, Seth Lakeman, Sam Lakeman, Equation, The Lakeman Brothers, Cara Dillon, Kate Rusby, Cecil Sharp Project|
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, which was voted Album of the Year by fRoots Magazine.
Roberts and Rusby formed the band Equation, 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 US as a 'folk supergroup'.
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.
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.
Roberts is married to Sean Lakeman. They have twin daughters.