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A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE | THE GUARDIAN ★★★★★

Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy:

A Pocket of Wind Resistance review – warm, wise, compelling 

5/5stars 

Emily Mackay 

Sunday 26 November 2017 

The ground around her has long given inspiration to Scottish folk artist Karine Polwart; last year the peat bogs near her home in Fala, Midlothian, gave birth to her first theatre show, Wind Resistance, incorporating spoken word, song and sound design from composer Pippa Murphy to recount sad local histories and draw connections between bird migration…

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A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE | THE OBSERVER ★★★★★

Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy: A Pocket of Wind Resistance review – warm, wise, compelling 
5 / 5 stars 

Emily Mackay 

Sunday 26 November 2017

The ground around her has long given inspiration to Scottish folk artist Karine Polwart; last year the peat bogs near her home in Fala, Midlothian, gave birth to her first theatre show, Wind Resistance, incorporating spoken word, song and sound design from composer Pippa Murphy to recount sad local histories and draw connections between bird migration…

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SONGLINES BEST ALBUM OF 2017 | A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE

Karine Polwart 

A Pocket of Wind Resistance 

(Hudson Records) 

From the first note to the final, pulsing heartbeat, this is not merely an album of songs but a full 57-minute composite of music, field recording, song and spoken word. The results are devastatingly powerful… 

Read the full review of this album in Songlines #134, on sale from December 8

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WIND RESISTANCE : THE EXPRESS : ★★★★

Karine Polwart - A Pocket Of Wind Resistance review: Beautiful and brilliant 

By MARTIN TOWNSEND  

Nov 19, 2017

4 / 5 stars 

It’s hard to believe that the carving of a child’s crib or the death of a fledgling swallow on a kitchen floor can be rendered with the poignancy that they are here, still less woven into such an extraordinary musical meditation on everything from childbirth to warfare. 

But Stirlingshire-born Polwart is one of modern folk music’s most formidable talents. 

Working with a subtle…

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A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE : FATEA

 

This release is definitely one to treasure. An absolute gem. 

David Kidman

A Pocket Of Wind Resistance perhaps isn't to be regarded a new Karine Polwart album in the conventional sense. Rather, it's a "journey for the ears", a studio realisation arising from her theatrical show of that title premièred at last year's Edinburgh Festival (and subsequently widely acclaimed). A companion to that show, then, rather than an attempt to recapture it. The special project took its initial inspiration from…

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WIND RESISTANCE : QUOTES


THE IRISH TIMES 5***** 

"A seamless piece of theatre: part memoir, part gig, part nature documentary, but much, much more than the sum of its parts.  An utterly beautiful thing."


THE LIST 5*****

“one of the true delights of this year's festival." 

“a blissful tapestry of images and moving tales, propelled by Polwart's heavenly voice. 

“It's an unforgettable, addictive piece from a performer that has you rapt at every word and note. I can't wait to see it again.” 

THE STAGE 5*****

"A thing of beauty…

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FAIREST FLOO'ER : SPIRAL EARTH

By Dave Kushar 

For a short spell when a majority of activity grinds to a halt around Christmas I find the stillness requires a special musical accompaniment. Something to complement the thin winter sunlight and the raw weather. If you're on the same wavelength as me you should seek out the latest from Karine Polwart. The trad Scottish content on 'Fairest Floo'er has a bitter bite which is offset by tender words of love.

Having spent time in Malinky and The Battlefield Band, recorded her first two solo albums…Read more

TRACES : THE SPHINX ★★★★★

By Ian D. Hall -  14 August 2012


There are just some musicians who shouldn’t be allowed, by act of law if need be, to be away from the public eye for too long. Scotland’s Karine Polwart is one such singer songwriter whose absence makes the world a darker place to inhabit, even though her songs are crammed full of enough of subjects that though nefarious and sad are what give life meaning, no matter how sorrowful.

Five albums down the road and Traces just might be her best yet. It has everything that you would…Read more

TRACES REVIEW & INTERVIEW : FOLK RADIO UK

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2012/08/karine-polwart-traces-review-interview/

by NEIL MCFADYEN on 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…Read more

TRACES : BBC MUSIC

Jude Rogers 2012

An album that will live long, an album to live with, and live in.

Pick characters you'd expect to kick off contemporary folk songs, and you might not name Farrah Fawcett and Steve McQueen. But Karine Polwart's fifth album begins just so, with a young couple who feel just like them, taking in the beauty of Aberdeenshire.
Then the Scottish haar descends, and the actions of the man ready to “tear these dunes asunder” are obscured. Polwart's approach to Donald Trump's takeover of this coastline…Read more

TRACES : THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

Robin Denselow
Thursday 9 August 2012 

Here's further proof that Karine Polwart (above) is one of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain today. Over the last few years she has expanded her range, and her audience, through her involvement with the excellent (mostly) Scottish folk supergroup the Burns Unit and the Darwin Song Project, and now comes an ambitious and confident new solo set in which her songs range from the personal to the epic and atmospheric. Polwart has a cool, thoughtful and at times…Read more

FAULTLINES : BBC RADIO 2

Mel McClellan
March 2004 

Blipping the folk scene radar first with a stint in Battlefield Band then with her own group Malinky, this 33-year old Scot comes of age with her debut solo album. Eleven original songs confirm suspicions that Polwart's writing abilities - already flagged up by Thaney and The Dreadful End Of Marianna For Sorcery from the Malinky repertoire - are mature and compelling.

With a vocal presence reminiscent of Natalie Merchant, Polwart's firmly contemporary collection is laced with dark…Read more