As Kathryn Roberts explains in this video, she has a thing for whales and always wanted to sing a song about one. But she did not want to sing a traditional whaling song, in which the subject is generally the dangers or hardships of hunting them.
I will leave the rest of the backstory to her, as she delivers it charmingly. Suffice it to say it is a terrific song, and I enthusiastically submit it as my entry for Valentine's Day. After all, we can all feel like lonely whales every now and then --and that we just can't seem to get our message across.
I heard this song months ago, at the English Folk Expo, in which I shot performances by so many impressive musicians that I am still wading through the edits. Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman were just one of the grand musical surprises I encountered. Lakeman adds a perfect guitar accompaniment to Roberts' singing and keyboard playing, and the repertoire encompasses both traditional and original songs. Indeed, Roberts had a sure-to-be-a-hit song about motherhood (but I'm holding that one until May).
The English Folk Expo (EFEx) is produced in partnership with The Met's Homegrown Festival, in Bury, Manchester.
For more about Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman visit: www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
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