Couple's pride at top folk music award
Husband-and-wife folk duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman arrived home in Devon yesterday as the proud owners of this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo.
They collected their award in Glasgow on Wednesday evening at a ceremony that was broadcast live on BBC TV and radio. The distinctive wood and metal trophy is destined to take pride of place on the kitchen shelf at their home in the Dartmoor village of Horrabridge, where they live with their five-year-old twins Poppy and Lily.
"We are really, really thrilled," said Kathryn, 37, who in 1995 was the first-ever BBC Young Folk Award winner as a solo singer.
"It was such a strong category and winning was a very nice surprise. We are very proud."
Kathryn and Sean have been lynchpins of the UK's acoustic and folk revival for two decades, beginning as teenagers in the globally acclaimed Devon group Equation.
In recent years, while Kathryn has been a full-time mother to the twins, Sean, 38, has been producing records for his younger brother, Seth, as well as touring the world in his band as a guitarist.
The couple only recently hit the road together again following the release of their critically acclaimed new album Hidden People.
A track from the LP – Kathryn's composition, The Ballad of Andy Jacobs – was also shortlisted for Best Original Song.
Another feather in the cap for the Westcountry at the prestigious awards was the presentation of the Folk Singer of the Year title to legendary vocalist and former instrumentalist Nic Jones, who now lives in the West Devon village of Buckland Monachorum.
A highly respected writer and performer, whose 1980 Penguin Eggs album is acknowledged as a classic, has recently returned to the stage after a 30-year absence following a serious car crash which left him unable to play the guitar or fiddle.