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BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as 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 seven-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including three times for Best Original Song.  

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SCOTTISH SONGBOOK REVIEWS

Some lovely reviews have started to come in for Scottish Songbook which is released on Friday August 2nd!!

OBSERVER ★★★★ : “A personal testimony from Caledonia’s reigning folk queen”

MOJO ★★★★ : “Heart-stopping...Affecting…Beguiling” 

SCOTTISH EXPRESS ★★★★ : “Polwart surprises and

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SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR | Laws of Motion

We  are delighted to announce that Karine, Inge and Steven's album LAWS OF MOTION has made the longlist of the SAY AWARD amongst this incredible bunch of albums.

Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert – Here Lies The Body 
Aidan O’Rourke…

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WIND RESISTANCE

Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay St, Edinburgh

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog south-east of Edinburgh. From this windy plateau, writer and singer Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, birdlore and personal memoir. Ideas of sanctuary, maternity, goose skeins, Scottish football legend and medieval medicine all take flight, in this compelling combination of story and song.

First produced for the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival, Karine Polwart’s exquisite piece of gig theatre has become a favourite with audiences all over the country, winning plaudits, awards and inspiring a record shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year. Wind Resistance returns home by popular demand to enchant yet more audiences and satisfy established fans.

★★★★★ “remarkable and beautiful” The Scotsman

Apr14

THE LOST WORDS : SPELL SONGS

Royal Concert Hall, GLASGOW

WHAT'S ON THE LOST WORDS - SPELL SONGS The Lost Words - Spell Songs Details Perth Concert Hall Wed 15 Apr: 7:30pm Ticket price: £27.50; 25 and under £17.50 (inc £1.50 booking fee per ticket) A magical musical response to the bestselling book The Lost Words featuring Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever and many more.

View Dates & Book Content Tabs:Information Performances Featuring Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneaux

In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrated “spell book” rich with poetic rhythms and imagined birdsong that naturally invited a musical response. Spell Songs gathered together eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words

Apr15

THE LOST WORDS : SPELL SONGS

Concert Hall, PERTH

Featuring Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneaux

In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrated “spell book” rich with poetic rhythms and imagined birdsong that naturally invited a musical response. Spell Songs gathered together eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words

Apr16

THE LOST WORDS : SPELL SONGS

Town Hall, BIRMINGHAM

Featuring Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneaux

In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrated “spell book” rich with poetic rhythms and imagined birdsong that naturally invited a musical response. Spell Songs gathered together eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words

Apr17

THE LOST WORDS : SPELL SONGS

Octagon, SHEFFIELD

Featuring Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneaux

In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrated “spell book” rich with poetic rhythms and imagined birdsong that naturally invited a musical response. Spell Songs gathered together eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words