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Karine Polwart


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Karine Polwart (born 1971) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She writes and performs music with a strong folk and roots feel, and her songs cover a wide area, from alcoholism to genocide.

Despite winning the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer at the BBC Folk Awards 2005, Karine Polwart is no newcomer to the folk world, having previously been a member of Malinky and Battlefield Band. Her solo career is new, and it is for this that she has been particularly recognised. Her songs cover a variety of topics, and although she has claimed at live performances that they are all quite depressing, many have an uplifting aspect. This is particularly notable in “The Sun’s Comin’ Over The Hill” (which won Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards 2005) which tells the story of woman who reacts to the death of her partner through a period of depression, drink and drugs, but has a more optimistic chorus, with the narrator foreseeing an end to this period. There are exceptions to this: “Waterlily” — the tale of a man whose wife is killed during the war in Yugoslavia — offers no such comfort. “Only One Way”, on the other hand, is an upbeat song with a strong political theme and some biting humour.


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  • Ulleskelf

    I got 'Traces' for Christmas and LOVE it. "We're All Leaving' is my favourite track.

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • headey -I can't tell the name of the song though. Is it on lastfm?

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • spiritrebel71

    Can't believe that " Terminal Star " ian't included in the top 10 of the Top Tracks ..... her finest piece in my opinion !

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • willv67

    Faultlines and Scribled in chaulk were damn good, but its got to be said the albums after dissapointed.

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • discobloguons

    Hope she'll play in Paris one day

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
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    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • theflyinglampie

    It's been a few years since I last worked with Karine. Way back in the tron Theatre in Glasgow. This needs to be changed :)

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Lovecelticmusic

    What a Gem!

    25 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Lovecelticmusic

    Please come to Illinois

    13 Aug 2009 Reply
  • sabret00the

    The last thing I got from Karine was 'Scribbled In Chalk' to find out that she's had two releases slip under my radar, I feel disgraceful.

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • hobopop

    i'll say you do!

    30 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Yygdrasill

    Heard a song on Mike Harding's radio 2 show last week which sounded pretty cool,need to listen to more.

    22 Jul 2008 Reply
  • balzadelia

    just discoverd her on a cd called THAT'S PROPER FOLK ,shes mighty

    3 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Purplepig1

    Wow. That's all. (:

    30 Mar 2008 Reply
  • abbyemery

    i met her last year at the village pump festival. very lovely and very talented lady.

    14 Apr 2007 Reply
  • antinomy

    Excellent gig last night in Cheltenham. Strongly recommend you see her live if you get the chance! Great performer and a very strong band.

    30 Nov 2006 Reply
  • thebrightspark

    I saw play (and spoke to her) in Leeds last night. Ever so awesome. :D

    8 Nov 2006 Reply
  • Shiverlady

    She is wonderful, I quite concur. :)

    29 Aug 2006 Reply
  • Xavierism

    WOW! What an amazing voice! I've never heard of her until Last.FM. Thanks!

    15 Jun 2006 Reply
  • hijamiefans

    This lady is going to be big soon - mark my words.

    11 Apr 2006 Reply
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