Karine Polwart is a Scottish singer, songwriter, composer and 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 four times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song. 



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Karine’s version of Ewan MacColl’s haunting Terror Time features on the covermount CD of October's Songlines magazine. The song was recorded for The Joy of Living, a wonderful centenary-celebration double album of Ewan MacColl songs due for release on October 31st 2015. The album (just 5 star reviewed in Songlines) features a musical cast that includes some of Karine’s own musical heroes - Paul Brady, Billy Bragg, Paul Buchanan, Jarvis Cocker, Dick Gaughan, Martha and Rufus Wainwright and many, many more… Read more


"Traces" is nominated for Best Album at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2012, held in Fort William on December 8th.

Next Shows

The Phantom Band, Karine Polwart & Ela Orleans

Saint Luke’s, 17 Bain Street, Glasgow

Chemikal Underground presents the opening event of The Only Way is Ethics: a new 8-day festival of ethics based throughout Glasgow from Nov 29th – Dec 6th. Featuring a tremendous triptych of The Phantom Band, Karine Polwart and Ela Orleans, the concert takes place in the wonderful surroundings of Calton’s newest arts venue, Saint Luke’s.

It’s a brilliantly diverse lineup for a fantastic festival, showcasing some of Scotland’s most unique musical voices: the heady mantras of The Phantom Band; the magical melodies of four times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Karine Polwart and the dark, otherworldly soundscapes of Ela Orleans.

This will be The Phantom Band’s last show for a while following their Strange Friend/Fears Trending double whammy; Karine’s delivering a very special solo show and Ela will be – in her own words – saying ‘goodbye’ to ‘Upper Hell’ before starting on a new LP.

Tickets are £12 and you can also pick them up from Tickets Scotland, Saint Luke’s and monorail music.

Not to be missed.