BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and published 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 six-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song.  

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. A poetic meditation on midwifery, ecology, sanctuary, and solidarity, it combines elements of memoir, essay, myth, sound art and song. Wind Resistance won the BEST MUSIC & SOUND AWARD at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017 and Karine was also shortlisted for the BEST ACTOR 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

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Edinburgh International Feastival | Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook

Leith Theatre , Ferry Road , Edinburgh EH6 4AE​​

Karine will dig into her all-time favourite Scottish pop songs from the past fifty years, and explore the special musical landscape that she grew up in. From childhood memories of her mum’s Donovan and Gerry Rafferty LPs, through her young love of Big Country, Annie Lennox and The Blue Nile, she’ll also revisit maverick innovators like Bert Jansch and John Martyn, and celebrate current bands like Frightened Rabbit and Chvrches. Karine is joined onstage by a brilliant 6-piece band featuring Admiral Fallow’s lead singer and guitarist, Louis Abbott for a joyful evening of Scottish music gems.