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LIVE REVIEW : EDINBURGH QUEEN'S HALL ★★★★

Karine Polwart Trio 

Queen’s Hall 12 Aug 2017  

by John Grieve 

It’s safe to say Karine Polwart is quickly cementing her place as a national treasure here in Scotland, composing and performing an eclectic range of folk and roots music while amassing an impressive collection of awards for her work. Amidst juggling a variety of artistic projects, Polwart fronts a supremely gifted trio involving her brother Steven Polwart and neighbour Inge Thomson, who visit the Queens Hall for a one-off performance…

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LIVE REVIEW : EDINBURGH QUEEN'S HALL ★★★★

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 

SOUTHSIDE ADVERTISER 

Karine Polwart Trio  

The Karine Polwart Trio consisting of Karine, Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson brought their unique blend of Karine’s own songs, a love of traditional songs and music, sharp political and social commentary and a visit to some music of the 1980s with them to The Queen’s Hall stage tonight.  

Last year at The Fringe saw Karine premiere her award winning theatre show “Wind Resistance” and the song “Salters Road” around which the…

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A CONCERT FOR BERT JANSCH: CELTIC CONNECTIONS : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

THE GUARDIAN : Malcolm Jack

Monday 1 February 2016

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 guitar…

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A CONCERT FOR BERT JANSCH : 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…

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SONGS OF SEPARATION LIVE : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

THE GUARDIAN 

Colin Irwin 

Monday 25 January 2016


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…

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

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 of celebrating – and chasing – freedom: be that…

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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…

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KARINE POLWART TRIO : NEW BRIGHTON : ★★★★★

Liverpool Sound and Vision

New Brighton Pavilion Theatre
October 15, 2012  

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…

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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…

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