Top UK folk duo play at Cheshire's award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum | Knutsford Times

Top UK folk duo play at Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum

By on September 15, 2018

Top UK folk duo, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman will captivate music-lovers with their evocative host of new characters when they play one night of their landmark fifth album ‘Personae’ tour at Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich on Saturday 29 September at 8pm. Multi-award winners, the duo twice won BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Duo’. Parking is free, tickets cost £12.50 and can be bought by contacting 07796 175437 or by emailing

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s highly-acclaimed music is rich, intimate, warm and inspiring. Their assured and distinctive performances draw upon British folk tradition but weave in their own original and eclectic flavours. Their self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining and varied evening of music and song from the bitter to the sweet and the political to the passive.

Kathryn Roberts, said: “The sources for our songs are eclectic, In this album we sing about knights, a grizzly murder, giants and even an ancient tortoise.  There is so much nice material to put into our folk songs and we enjoy mixing things up in a bold and imaginative way. We are really looking forward to singing at the historic Lion Salt Works Museum, which sounds like a perfect setting for our music.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I am delighted the museum has attracted one of the UK’s top folk duos. They are exciting and original performers and it promises to be an enchanting evening of song. The Lion Salt Works is rapidly gaining a reputation not just for its imaginative plays and dance performances, but also as a distinctive and interesting folk music venue.”

The Lion Salt Works Museum has won nine awards since opening in 2015 after a four-year £10m restoration, including winning the National Lottery’s top award for heritage projects in 2016. Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt in fun and interactive displays, including a sound and light show that evokes the steam rising from the giant salt pans. In addition to a children’s play area, shop, butterfly garden and café, there are also year-round activities. These range from Touring Rural Arts plays, Super Salt Saturday (featuring science activities) to events featuring historic narrowboats and steam engines.

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