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CLASH MUSIC | CULTURE CLASH

Culture Clash: Karine Polwart 

Cultural fascinations with a renowned Scottish songwriter... 

CLASHMUSIC  

21 · 11 · 2017 

 

Karine Polwart has always sought fresh avenues to explore. From her 2012 debut onwards, the Edinburgh based songwriter and composer has refused to let barriers get in the way of her artistry. 

New album 'A Pocket of Wind Resistance' is out now, the full musical version of her work on her theatre production 'Wind Resistance'. 

Prompted in part by observing the migrating patterns…

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THE HERALD MAGAZINE | COVER FEATURE | A FORCE OF NATURE

Karine Polwart: 'It's five years since I made an album. But I'm a single mother. It takes time' 

18th November 

Nicola Meighan 

 

KARINE Polwart is sitting at my kitchen table, cradling a cup of tea, while the wind burls the leaves in the garden. Her granny used to live round the corner, and the writer, performer and singer-songwriter is shooting the breeze about family and forebears. 

She's also reflecting on birds, bogs and childbirth; resistance, community, politics and witchy realms – and the…

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THE NATIONAL | FROM DAWN TO DUSK WITH... KARINE POLWART

 

5th November 

From dawn to dusk with... Karine Polwart 

Nadine McBay

 

FOLLOWING her debut theatre production Wind Resistance, which opened at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival and earned her multiple award nominations, singer-songwriter Karine Polwart releases A Pocket Of Wind Resistance, the musical companion to the production, on November 17. Following a run of shows through October, she’s currently performing A Pocket Of Wind Resistance as part of a residency at The Royal Lyceum…

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THE SKINNY | Karine Polwart on A Pocket of Wind Resistance

We speak to singer-songwriter Karine Polwart about her new album A Pocket of Wind Resistance, the companion to her Edinburgh Festival show, Wind Resistance 

Feature by Harry Harris | 31 Oct 2017

The image of the folk singer is often a very solitary one – travelling troubadours with guitars on their backs and notebooks scrawled with ideas and conversations. Popping up in one session, before heading onto the next, constantly on the move. For Karine Polwart, one of the UK’s most highly regarded folk…

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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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THE SCOTSMAN ARTICLE | Karine Polwart on the BIG Project and independence

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CLAIRE BLACK 

01 March 2014 

Karine Polwart’s musical life flourished thanks to the time freely given by volunteers when she was a child. Now the multi-award winning singer is doing the same with Broomhouse’s BIG Project. By Claire Black 

Oh don’t get me started,” Karine Polwart says as she finally runs out of steam at the end of a long and interesting exposition on the independence debate. The Pathhead-based singer/songwriter has made no secret of her support for the Yes campaign so it…

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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

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THE SCOTSMAN ARTICLE | Imagination vital to telling the Yes story

Sunday 17 February 2013 

THURSDAY night. BBC Question Time is on telly. I’m venting a week’s worth of rage on Twitter, while nursing a tumbler of special offer white wine. 

A panellist asks: “Do we want to be a self-governing, democratic nation that determines her own destiny?” I shudder. The questioner is UKIP leader, Nigel Farage.  

It matters who asks this question, and why. For while self-governance is grand as a principle, what matters are the values, aspirations and concrete policies implied in the…

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TRACES REVIEW & INTERVIEW : FOLK RADIO UK

by NEIL MCFADYEN

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 clearly be difficult to follow. Since then Karine has flexed further her…

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THE HERALD : INTERVIEW : 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…

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