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KARINE POLWART is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter, folk singer, and storyteller. Her songs evoke a richness of place, hidden histories, scientific curiosity and folklore. Trees and rocks speak. Birds flit in and out of vision. And the stars know everything. She conjures the beauty and magic, the sorrow and complexity of the world out of the corner of her eye, with lyricism and tenderness. 

Karine’s many collaborative projects include - Still As Your Sleeping, a duo with pianist Dave Milligan; a longstanding trio with brother Steven Polwart and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson; her Scottish Songbook re-imaginings of classic Scottish pop; Spell Songs, a multi-artist response to environmental loss; and Wind Resistance, her peatbog-inspired theatre show for The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.  

In collaboration with sound designer and composer, Pippa Murphy, she has been commissioned over the past two years by both the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. And 2023 will see her collaborate with Pippa again on Seek the Light, a poetic three-part BBC Radio 4 documentary series combining science, music and folklore. 


‘One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain’ 
The Guardian ★★★★★