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THE LIST HOT 100 2016


The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the Scottish cultural landscape during the year.  cultural community.

No. 40 : Karine Polwart

The singer-songwriter and essayist is never one to rest on her laurels. Her EIF show Wind Resistance, with dramaturgy from David Greig, garnered mass acclaim, and she also provided a soothing voiceover for the BBC documentary A Dramatic Decade: Ten Years of The National Theatre of Scotland.

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WIND RESISTANCE : QUOTES



THE LIST 5*****

“one of the true delights of this year's festival." 

“a blissful tapestry of images and moving tales, propelled by Polwart's heavenly voice. 

“It's an unforgettable, addictive piece from a performer that has you rapt at every word and note. I can't wait to see it again.” 

THE STAGE 5*****

"A thing of beauty and understanding” 

TELEGRAPH 5*****

“A stunning exploration of the myths and stories of the land around us" 

"This is a poignant, unflinching and beautiful show about healing…

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BERT INSPIRED : CELTIC CONNECTIONS : INDEPENDENT ★★★★

THE INDEPENDENT : David Pollock

“What a fantastic combination of music, songs and attitude,” reflected Robert Plant at this first of two evenings at the Celtic Connections festival to pay tribute to the late Glasgow-born, Edinburgh-raised folk-rock guitarist Bert Jansch, five years gone this summer. In Plant’s wistful satisfaction lay both the appeal of Jansch’s output and of this group concert, a model of starry proficiency. 

Jansch’s music stood up to Bernard Butler’s technical fluency while his recording…

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BERT INSPIRED : CELTIC CONNECTIONS : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★


THE GUARDIAN : Malcolm Jack : Monday 1 February 2016 14.19 GMT

Jazz-folk veterans, Britpop pin-ups, classic rock icons, up-and-coming singer-songwriters – how many other musicians except Bert Jansch sit at such a spaghetti junction of influence? A stellar lineup assembles to remember the late Pentangle founder member and finger-picking guitar hero in his city of birth at the first of two Celtic Connections curtain-closing concerts in his honour. An evening of fond renditions and recollections, and a lot of…

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PILGRIMER : CELTIC CONNECTIONS : THE LIST ★★★★★

https://www.list.co.uk/article/78030-gig-review-pilgrimer/

A Re-imagining of Joni Mitchell's Hejira 

Source: The List 
Date: 25 January 2016 
Written by: Nicola Meighan

Here's the thing about Hejira. You can lose, and find, yourself within it.  

Joni Mitchell's enlightening, meandering 1976 album is not her best-known treatise – that's probably Blue or Ladies of the Canyon. Nor is it the brilliant Canadian's wildest endeavour (hello, Mingus). But it is, perhaps, the LP most in thrall to her modus operandi…

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SONGS OF SEPARATION LIVE : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

THE GUARDIAN

It sounds like an Alan Partridge pitch for a new reality show. “Take 10 female folk musicians – say five English and five Scots – stick ’em on an island in the Hebrides, one instrument each, fight to the death, last one standing is the winner …” 

Jenny Hill, an imaginative double-bass player well versed in a variety of musical idioms, is also a woman not only of vision, but with the organisational skills to assemble 10 of Brit folk’s finest on the island of Eigg (population 96), charge them…

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LIVE REVIEW : NEW BRIGHTON : ★★★★★

New Brighton Pavilion Theatre.
October 15, 2012  by Ian D. Hall


Karine Polwart continues to amaze and beguile audiences whenever she steps out onto a stage, whether in her native Scotland or when she ventures across the border and comes down south to places such as Bristol and London.

One area where she needs no introduction is that of Merseyside. In the past she has performed in the now sadly missed Pacific Road Art Centre and in the incredible setting of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, now she wowed all…Read more

INTERVIEW : THE HERALD : QUIET ELEGIES OF LOVE, LOSS AND LONGING…

Nicola Meighan
August 7, 2012


Perhaps you’ve heard Karine Polwart’s stunning protest psalm, Cover Your Eyes, on the radio. It’s the one inspired by You’ve Been Trumped, Anthony Baxter’s documentary about Scotland’s Donald Trump outrage. It’s the one that is picturesque, personal and gorgeous. It could only have been written by Polwart.

With a tranche of BBC Folk Awards and an apprenticeship spanning The Battlefield Band and Malinky, Polwart’s folk credentials are impeccable, but that’s only part of the story…Read more

TRACES : SUNDAY EXPRESS

By SIMON GAGE
Aug 10, 2012

  
BBC Folk Award winner and sometime member of folk outfit Burns Unit, Karine Polwart knows how to evoke the simplicity and purity of a bygone age with her beautifully crafted songs all delivered with that delicate voice of hers.  

The lyrics are complex and political, delving into history while commenting on the state we’re in right now, while the Celtic tradition rings out loud and clear, not just through the voice but also in the choice of instruments.

There’s plenty here to get…Read more

FAIREST FLOO'ER : SPIRAL EARTH

By Dave Kushar 

For a short spell when a majority of activity grinds to a halt around Christmas I find the stillness requires a special musical accompaniment. Something to complement the thin winter sunlight and the raw weather. If you're on the same wavelength as me you should seek out the latest from Karine Polwart. The trad Scottish content on 'Fairest Floo'er has a bitter bite which is offset by tender words of love.

Having spent time in Malinky and The Battlefield Band, recorded her first two solo albums…Read more

TRACES : THE SPHINX ★★★★★

By Ian D. Hall -  14 August 2012


There are just some musicians who shouldn’t be allowed, by act of law if need be, to be away from the public eye for too long. Scotland’s Karine Polwart is one such singer songwriter whose absence makes the world a darker place to inhabit, even though her songs are crammed full of enough of subjects that though nefarious and sad are what give life meaning, no matter how sorrowful.

Five albums down the road and Traces just might be her best yet. It has everything that you would…Read more

INTERVIEW : MEDICAL HUMANITIES SHEFFIELD

February 1, 2014
Posted by Vicky Grant

During December the award winning singer songwriter Karine Polwart visited Medical Humanities Sheffield for a three day artist in residence programme.

Karine: It was Ian (Professor Ian Sabroe, Director of Medical Humanities Sheffield) who got in touch, he’d been to some of my shows and got some of my music and there was something about the way I do my thing that made him think. He had already been interested in the idea of blending science and music and had a hunch that…Read more

LIVE REVIEW : UNION CHAPEL LONDON : PROPERGANDA

BY SIMON HOLLAND – OCTOBER 17, 2012

It’s always gratifying to find The Union Chapel full; if not packed to rafter stretching capacity, there was a good crowd in for Karine Polwart. It’s a lovely venue, but needs the warmth of human bodies to bring it to life. Given the hard wooden pew seating, the venue also demands a great performance from the artist. And boy did we get one of those. So much so, that when one of the audience keeled over yards from where I sat, I didn’t immediately notice I was so completely…Read more

TRACES REVIEW & INTERVIEW : FOLK RADIO UK

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2012/08/karine-polwart-traces-review-interview/

by NEIL MCFADYEN on 20 AUGUST, 2012


Fans of Karine Polwart can at last enjoy a new studio album in the release of Traces (released 13th August). In 2008 This Earthly Spell followed three highly regarded albums and a string of awards reaching back five years; confirming Karine as one of the country’s most talented artists. A crystal clear voice, beautiful arrangements and song writing that stirs the soul, combined in a work that would…Read more

TRACES : BBC MUSIC

Jude Rogers 2012

An album that will live long, an album to live with, and live in.

Pick characters you'd expect to kick off contemporary folk songs, and you might not name Farrah Fawcett and Steve McQueen. But Karine Polwart's fifth album begins just so, with a young couple who feel just like them, taking in the beauty of Aberdeenshire.
Then the Scottish haar descends, and the actions of the man ready to “tear these dunes asunder” are obscured. Polwart's approach to Donald Trump's takeover of this coastline…Read more

TRACES : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

Robin Denselow
Thursday 9 August 2012 

Here's further proof that Karine Polwart (above) is one of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain today. Over the last few years she has expanded her range, and her audience, through her involvement with the excellent (mostly) Scottish folk supergroup the Burns Unit and the Darwin Song Project, and now comes an ambitious and confident new solo set in which her songs range from the personal to the epic and atmospheric. Polwart has a cool, thoughtful and at times…Read more

FAULTLINES : BBC RADIO 2

Mel McClellan
March 2004 

Blipping the folk scene radar first with a stint in Battlefield Band then with her own group Malinky, this 33-year old Scot comes of age with her debut solo album. Eleven original songs confirm suspicions that Polwart's writing abilities - already flagged up by Thaney and The Dreadful End Of Marianna For Sorcery from the Malinky repertoire - are mature and compelling.

With a vocal presence reminiscent of Natalie Merchant, Polwart's firmly contemporary collection is laced with dark…Read more

UNION CHAPEL LONDON : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

Robin Denselow
Monday 15 October 2012

The current Scottish folk renaissance has centred on inventive instrumentalists who can switch easily between genres, and Karine Polwart has brought the same sense of the unexpected to her songwriting. She's a cool, thoughtful singer who is remarkable mostly for her lyrics, her ability to mix stories and memories with a sometimes epic sense of time and history, and flashes of anger.

She started with Cover Your Eyes, a drifting piece that developed into a furious attack on…Read more