Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook Karine Polwart

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Label: Hegri

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Folk Rock

Artist: Karine Polwart

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  • 1Whole of the Moon05:52
  • 2From Rags To Riches04:19
  • 3Dignity04:40
  • 4Since Yesterday04:23
  • 5Swim Until You Can’t See Land04:50
  • 6Chance04:15
  • 7The Mother We Share03:14
  • 8Don’t Want To Know04:30
  • 9Whatever’s Written In Your Heart04:25
  • 10Machines03:54
  • 11Women Of The World04:35
  • Total Runtime48:57

Info for Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook

Award-winning songwriter and folk singer Karine Polwart reimagines a clutch of beloved songs that cut across fifty years of Scottish pop. Eighties classics from Deacon Blue, The Waterboys and Big Country sit alongside the stadium balladry of Biffy Clyro, while maverick legend Ivor Cutler rubs shoulders with the electro pop of Chvrches and the immaculate song craft of John Martyn.

Recorded at Chem 19, Karine Polwart's Scottish Songbook features regular band mates Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson, with Graeme Smillie (bass and keys), Calum McIntyre (kit and percussion) and Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow (vocals, guitar & percussion).

Karine says, "To me, these are songs of resilience and resistance, cries of despair and dreams of something better. They're pop songs, but also love songs to people and places we all recognise. They totally fill my heart up".

For fans of: The Staves, Gillian Welch, Lucy Rose, Julie Fowlis, Cara Dillon, Lisa Hannigan

Karine Polwart, vocals, guitar

Karine Polwart
South of Scotland based songwriter wifie who is twice winner of "Best Original Song" at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards and 2005 winner of "Best Album" too, for her debut "Faultlines". Since then she's released three more solo albums: the poignant and melodious "Scribbled in Chalk" (April 2006), the stark and intimate "Fairest Floo'er" (Dec 2007) and the bittersweet "This Earthly Spell" (March 2008). Batters drums in spare time with pop collective "The Burns Unit" and comes up with daft harmonies for vocal trio "Grace, Hewat, Polwart".

She has also set up her own DIY label, Hegri Music, given birth to a gorgeous baby boy, won round lots of people who swore they totally hated folk music, collaborated with Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, English folk singer Chris Wood, Scots poet Edwin Morgan and cult Glasgow indie outfit Future PIlot AKA, and got hooked on a beautiful Indian drone instrument called a shruti box.

Her music might have its serious undercurrents - not every songwriter would choose to cast a light on issues as thorny as genocide, AIDS, sex trafficking and nuclear weapons - but she's just as happy to reference the wisdom of herons, the joys and dilemmas of motherhood and her father's philosophy of gardening. Whatever the case, her writing is both humane and literate, personal and universal. Her lack of pretension and on stage warmth have fostered a loyal live following. And she takes the kind of organic and sustainable approach to making a living as a musician that suits the earthy realities of her songs.

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