Karine Polwart is a Scottish singer, songwriter, composer and essayist. Her songs combine folk influences and myth with themes as diverse as Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania, Charles Darwin’s family life and the complexities of modern parenthood. She sings traditional songs  too and writes to commission for theatre, animation and thematic collaborative projects. Karine is four times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song. 



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 A two and a half thousand year old play about asylum-seeking women featuring a 50-piece female choir. A wordless play with more than a hundred local actors. A "Scottish" setting of Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale". Wow. I am so excited and honoured (and a bit flustered) to be part of the new season at Edinburgh's gorgeous and prestigious Lyceum Theatre under its new artistic director David Greig. My one-woman piece WIND RESISTANCE will find its fully fledged form in August this year as part of a 17-show…

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Karine has a 17-show run of her new one-woman show at the Edinburgh International Festival.


6 - 21 August 2016 
Rehearsal Studio - The Lyceum 

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and…

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I’m testing out something new this month, a work in progress, if you’d care to join me for a couple of intimate shows in London and Edinburgh?

I spend so much time talking at gigs that I’ve decided to make something that explicitly combines songs, old stories and spoken word. Wind Resistance has come together with the backing of a beautiful boutique scale festival called “Breathe". It’s a ten-day exploration of wind and air and breath at The Old Church in Hackney (where a wind harp will be installed in the…

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The SONGS OF SEPARATION album will be released by Navigator Records on the 29 January 2016 and is available to pre-order now. If you pre-order the new album from Propermusic, you’ll also receive an exclusive, limited Isle of Eigg A3 Map.

We’re delighted at the reception the album is receiving, and very grateful to all the people who have listened and shared their thoughts. Here are a selection of the press reviews: 

Bright Young Folk  
“Eliza Carthy, Mary MacMaster, KateYoung , Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans,

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Karine’s version of Ewan MacColl’s haunting Terror Time features on the covermount CD of October's Songlines magazine. The song was recorded for The Joy of Living, a wonderful centenary-celebration double album of Ewan MacColl songs due for release on October 31st 2015. The album (just 5 star reviewed in Songlines) features a musical cast that includes some of Karine’s own musical heroes - Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, Paul Buchanan, Jarvis Cocker, Dick Gaughan, Martha and Rufus Wainwright and many, many more…

Next Shows


SONGS OF SEPARATION (featuring Karine Polwart)

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Another special event! During the day on 23rd May, we will hold a workshop for primary school children (and their parent/carer), to learn a few of the Songs of Separation numbers! Children will join us on stage for these numbers, as part of the concert. Booking for the children’s song workshop is through the Queens Hall. Contact davidh@queenshalledinburgh.org for a booking form.


SONGS OF SEPARATION (featuring Karine Polwart)

Festival of Voice, St. David's Hall, Cardiff

This gig will see Songs of Separation grow to epic proportions! It includes collaboration with five guest singers from Wales and Ireland, along with special guests from Scotland and England, giving us a 15 piece line up. The concert is billed as ‘Beyond Borders: Songs of Separation and Songs of Unity’. It will be a very special event!