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Karine Polwart

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.

Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way one might lean towards a late-night tale by the fireside.

Karine has been performing in her one-woman theatre show ‘Wind Resistance’ in 2016 & 2017 which she has written and produced. The show is a stunning exploration of the myths and stories of the land around us and has enjoyed critical acclaim and sell-out runs at theatres and festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival.

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