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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I’m testing out something new this month, a work in progress, if you’d care to join me for a couple of intimate shows in London and Edinburgh?

I spend so much time talking at gigs that I’ve decided to make something that explicitly combines songs, old stories and spoken word. Wind Resistance has come together with the backing of a beautiful boutique scale festival called “Breathe". It’s a ten-day exploration of wind and air and breath at The Old Church in Hackney (where a wind harp will be installed in the…

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The SONGS OF SEPARATION album will be released by Navigator Records on the 29 January 2016 and is available to pre-order now. If you pre-order the new album from Propermusic, you’ll also receive an exclusive, limited Isle of Eigg A3 Map.

We’re delighted at the reception the album is receiving, and very grateful to all the people who have listened and shared their thoughts. Here are a selection of the press reviews: 

Bright Young Folk  
“Eliza Carthy, Mary MacMaster, KateYoung , Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans,

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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…


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

Next Shows


Karine Polwart Solo - Wind Resistance

The Old Church, Stoke Newington

The Opening Night of BREATHE is the first ever outing for a new song, story and spoken word work-in-progress by acclaimed Scottish songwriter and folk singer Karine Polwart. This intimate, moving and thought-provoking 50-minute piece combines flight science, Celtic and Nordic weather myths and ancient bird lore into a poetic meditation upon empathy, belonging and ecological sustainability. In a night of two halves, Karine will also perform a solo acoustic set of songs that resonate with the festival’s theme of breath and wind.



Karine Polwart Solo- Wind Resistance *SOLD OUT*

Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh

This performance is a rare intimate-scale solo show from Karine. The first half of the night is a sneaky peek at a new song, story and spoken word work-in-progress called Wind Resistance. Taking in the flight science of goose skeins, the wisdom in Celtic and Nordic weather myths and Polwart’s longstanding love of ancient bird lore, this is a poetic meditation upon empathy, belonging and ecological sustainability. The audience will have the option at the end of the night to give some constructive creative feedback over a wee glass of something! In a night of two halves, Karine will also perform a solo acoustic set of old and new songs.



Karine Polwart Solo - Day of Song

Tolbooth, Stirling

Day of Song Sat 12 Mar,from 10:30am £15 (daytime workshops only) £22 (daytime workshops and 8pm solo performance by Karine Polwart)

We are delighted that we can bring you a Day of Song once again and this year the main workshop will be led by Karine Polwart.

The format will offer workshops in different styles earlier in the day, before coming together for a workshop with Karine, and ending the afternoon with group and individual performances.