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Photograph by David Angel
"a passionate, perceptive songwriter" Uncut 2008
Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Twice winner of "Best Original Song" at the UK-wide BBC Folk Awards, she's collaborated with alt folk balladeer King Creosote, the intellectual maverick of English folk song Chris Wood, Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble, bluegrass ace Tim O'Brien and even the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Following the breakthrough of her debut album "Faultlines", and its lush 2006 successor "Scribbled in Chalk", Karine has released two albums on her own micro label, hegri music, including her 2008 bittersweet collection of original songs "This Earthly Spell".
"exceptionally subtle and melodic" Q 2008 "takes the heart to places few singers even know exist" WORD 2008
2003 Scots Trad Music Awards: Best Scots Singer
2005 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Best Album for Faultlines, Best Original Song and The Horizon Award for Best Newcomer
2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Best Original Song
2007 Garden Sessions: Song of the Year
2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: current album "This Earthly Spell" nominated for Best Album
2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: nominated for Folk Singer of The Year
Opening the night will be a short set from singer songwriter Caitlin McNeill. Caitlin is a student at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and a former resident of Easdale Island.