Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a 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 five-times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song.  

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre. A poetic meditation on midwifery, ecology, sanctuary, and solidarity, it combines elements of memoir, essay, myth, sound art and song. Wind Resistance won the BEST MUSIC & SOUND AWARD at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017 and Karine was also been shortlisted for the BEST ACTOR 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

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A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE | RELEASED TODAY

 

We are so excited to finally release Karine & Pippa's new album out into the world and give it flight.

The reviews so far have been unanimously lovely :

THE GUARDIAN ★★★★  "This record is an epic, emotional endeavour, and a stunning one, too"

INDEPENDENT ★★★★ "A remarkable work"

FATEA RECORDS "Truly a work of unique vision: sheer poetry, and very compelling listening indeed. An absolute gem"

UNCUT MAGAZINE 7/10  "Polwart's half-spoken, half-sung reflection on life, motherhood and migrating geese

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NEW ALBUM : A POCKET OF WIND RESISTANCE

We are delighted to announce that Karine's new record (released 17.11.17) is now available for pre-order.

A Pocket of Wind Resistance, created alongside sound designer Pippa Murphy, is the studio adaptation of

Karine's award-winning and rave-reviewed 'Wind Resistance' theatre show, which premiered at Edinburgh International Festival in 2016.

 

THE LIST 5*****  An unforgettable, addictive piece that has you rapt at every word & note

THE STAGE 5*****  "A thing of beauty and understanding” 

TELEGRAPH

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Next Shows

Apr17

WIND RESISTANCE | PERTH THEATRE

Horsecross Arts, Mill Street, PH1 5HZ, Perth

HERALD ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE SCOTSMAN ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE LIST ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE IRISH TIMES ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE STAGE ✮✮✮✮✮ | TELEGRAPH ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE GUARDIAN ✮✮✮✮✮ 

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog southeast of Edinburgh.

From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore 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.

The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival 2016, a compelling fable for our modern world, written and performed by Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and directed by Wils Wilson, whose production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was a smash-hit with Perth audiences, and audiences world-wide, in 2014.

Nominated for Best New Play, Best Production, Best Director and winner of Best Music and Sound at CATS 2017 (Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland).

Apr18

WIND RESISTANCE | PERTH THEATRE

Horsecross Arts, Mill Street, PH1 5HZ, Perth

HERALD ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE SCOTSMAN ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE LIST ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE IRISH TIMES ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE STAGE ✮✮✮✮✮ | TELEGRAPH ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE GUARDIAN ✮✮✮✮✮ 

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog southeast of Edinburgh.

From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore 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.

The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival 2016, a compelling fable for our modern world, written and performed by Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and directed by Wils Wilson, whose production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was a smash-hit with Perth audiences, and audiences world-wide, in 2014.

Nominated for Best New Play, Best Production, Best Director and winner of Best Music and Sound at CATS 2017 (Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland).

Apr19

WIND RESISTANCE | PERTH THEATRE

Horsecross Arts, Mill Street, PH1 5HZ, Perth

HERALD ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE SCOTSMAN ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE LIST ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE IRISH TIMES ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE STAGE ✮✮✮✮✮ | TELEGRAPH ✮✮✮✮✮ | THE GUARDIAN ✮✮✮✮✮ 

Every autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog southeast of Edinburgh.

From this windy plateau, Karine Polwart surveys the surrounding landscape through history, song, bird-lore 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.

The runaway hit of the Edinburgh International Festival 2016, a compelling fable for our modern world, written and performed by Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, and directed by Wils Wilson, whose production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was a smash-hit with Perth audiences, and audiences world-wide, in 2014.

Nominated for Best New Play, Best Production, Best Director and winner of Best Music and Sound at CATS 2017 (Critic’s Awards for Theatre in Scotland).