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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RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS ALBUM OF THE YEAR : VOTE ONLINE 


Cast your vote for the Best Folk Album of the Year


I'm pure delighted to be associated with two of the five shortlisted Albums of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The wonderful musicians and women of Songs of Separation are in there for our arranged-and-recorded-in-less-than-a-week adventure epic on the Isle of Eigg. A real commendation of the work of team leader Jenny Hill.

We are also up for Best Traditional Track for "Echo Mocks The Corncrake" feat. an actual corncrake too. You can hear it here.

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SOUNDPOST SINGING WEEKEND : BURSARIES 

Karine will be a tutor on this years' Soundpost Singing Weekend Nr Sheffield (16-18 June 2017) and there are 3 free bursary places for young musicians age 18-25
 

If you are aged between 18-25 and want to learn, listen and make music with the UK’s leading folk artists and academics on The Old Adam Weekend (16-18 June 2017, Sheffield) then keep reading! We are offering up 3 FREE places worth £100* each.
All you have to do is answer the following questions: 

  • Why you are the perfect person to receive one…
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I BURN BUT I AM NOT CONSUMED 

 

Karine’s powerful, poetic and dramatic cultural statement in respect of the Trump presidency.

Filmed live by the BBC at the opening concert of Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, it was performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as a prelude to Karine's song “Cover Your Eyes” which was used in the award-winning documentary 'You’ve Been Trumped' about the construction of a luxury golf course on a beach in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, and Trump’s shocking treatment of a Scottish family and his…

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Next Shows

Jun16

SOUNDPOST SINGING WEEKEND

Dungworth Village Hall, Nr Sheffield

A wonderful hands-on weekend dedicated to exploring song and helping you get to know your material and feel confident in performing. There will also be instrumental workshops, talks, sessions and concerts. The tutors will include high profile singers from the folk scene as well as storytellers, folklorists and academics.

Jun17

SOUNDPOST SINGING WEEKEND

Dungworth Village Hall, Nr Sheffield

A wonderful hands-on weekend dedicated to exploring song and helping you get to know your material and feel confident in performing. There will also be instrumental workshops, talks, sessions and concerts. The tutors will include high profile singers from the folk scene as well as storytellers, folklorists and academics.