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 five-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 been shortlisted for the BEST ACTOR 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

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BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS NOMINATIONS : BEST ALBUM & FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR

 

Delighted to be nominated twice at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Me and Pippa Murphy Music are up for Best Album for Pocket of Wind Resistance, alongside the marvellous Eliza Carthy and her gorgeous merry band, the hypnotic reedy dronescapes of Lankum (practically worn this yin oot) & the fine fellows of The Young'uns.


And into the bargain I'm up for Folk Singer of The Year too alongside some of my favourite singing women - sister Scots Julie Fowlis and Siobhan Miller, as well as the clear bell…

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SONGLINES ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2017

 

We are delighted to announce that A Pocket Of Wind Resistance has been selected as one of SONGLINES MAGAZINE's ten favourite albums of the year.

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