Roberts was born in Swabia, Germany, to a German mother and Scottish
father, though was raised in Kilmahog, a hamlet close to the small town
of Callander, near Stirling in central Scotland.
where he started playing the guitar and writing music. In 1994 he
adopted the name ‘Appendix Out’ and started playing small venues. This
is where he was discovered by American musician Will Oldham, and a
contract with US label Drag City was soon to follow. Roberts is noted
for both his own compositions and recitations of traditional songs,
including on his album of traditional death ballads, No Earthly Man.
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