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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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ASYLUM, CONNECTION  

 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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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL : WIND RESISTANCE 

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

TICKETS & MORE INFO HERE

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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WIND RESISTANCE - SOLO SHOWS 

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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SONGS OF SEPARATION : REVIEWS 

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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TERROR TIME 

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…

SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS 

"Traces" is nominated for Best Album at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2012, held in Fort William on December 8th.

TRACES : SAY AWARD SHORTLISTED 

HERALD SCOTLAND Friday 31 May 2013


The shortlist for the Scottish Album of the Year.
By Nicola Meighan


The shortlist for this year's Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award was announced at Glasgow's CCA last night, and its inclusion of wide-ranging acts – like folk poet Karine Polwart, hip-hop activists Stanley Odd, exotic pop voyagers Django Django and flamenco punk heartbreaker RM Hubbert – speaks volumes about the diversity, breadth and vitality of our contemporary Scottish music landscape.

The second-ever…Read more