Karine Polwart

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"One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain” The Guardian

Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken word performer and essayist. 

Since the release of her 2012 album Traces, she has collaborated with indie composer RM Hubbert, co-written for Martin Green’s EIF/Barbican production Flit, and co-directed and sung into life novelist James Robertson’s Pilgrimer (an audacious reimagining into Scots of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira). She has collaborated internationally with Greek-Cypriot songwriter and composer, Alkinoos Ioannidis, and written a moving Trump-Presidency inspired spoken-word and sung meditation for performance with The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the opening of Celtic Connections Festival 2017.

Karine is a five-times winner at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song. In the spring of this year, she laid claim to her second Folk Awards Album of the Year award, as a member of the collaborative project Songs of Separation. Karine won the award previously for her 2005 debut solo album Faultlines.

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, a 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. This summer Wind Resistance won the Best Music and Sound Award at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017, and Karine was also shortlisted for Best Actor 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

“One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain”
– The Guardian

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About

"One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain” The Guardian

Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken word performer and essayist. 

Since the release of her 2012 album Traces, she has collaborated with indie composer RM Hubbert, co-written for Martin Green’s EIF/Barbican production Flit, and co-directed and sung into life novelist James Robertson’s Pilgrimer (an audacious reimagining into Scots of Joni Mitchell’s Hejira). She has collaborated internationally with Greek-Cypriot songwriter and composer, Alkinoos Ioannidis, and written a moving Trump-Presidency inspired spoken-word and sung meditation for performance with The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the opening of Celtic Connections Festival 2017.

Karine is a five-times winner at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song. In the spring of this year, she laid claim to her second Folk Awards Album of the Year award, as a member of the collaborative project Songs of Separation. Karine won the award previously for her 2005 debut solo album Faultlines.

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, a 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. This summer Wind Resistance won the Best Music and Sound Award at the CATS (Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017, and Karine was also shortlisted for Best Actor 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

“One of the finest singer-songwriters in Britain”
– The Guardian

Featured Release

Karine Polwart
A Pocket of Wind Resistance

Hudson Records is proud to present 'A Pocket of Wind Resistance' - the studio recording of Karine Polwart & Pippa Murphy's highly acclaimed Wind Resistance show. 

The first studio album from the acclaimed Karine Polwart in over 5 years. 

A Pocket Of Wind Resistance, created alongside sound designer Pippa Murphy, is the studio adaptation of Polwart's rave-reviewed 'Wind Resistance' show, which premiered at Edinburgh International Festival in 2016. 


Five-time winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (twice for Best Original Song), Karine Polwart is an established songwriter, composer, performer, musical director and producer. She is also an emergent theatre maker and author. Her most recent solo album Traces (produced by Iain Cook of synth-pop band Chvrches) was shortlisted for both the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Album of the Year'. The Guardian chose it as international folk-roots release of 2012. Her debut solo album Faultlines won Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards back in 2005, following six years of touring internationally as a traditional Scots singer with Malinky and Battlefield Band. 

It's a track record which has opened up intriguing musical opportunities in recent years. In addition to three further solo albums, Karine has scored twice for Scottish BAFTA nominated animation (Claire Lamond's All That Glisters, 2012 and Seafront, 2014), and twice produced commissioned songs for documentary film (Anthony Baxter's You've Been Trumped, 2011 and A Dangerous Game, 2014). 

In association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival 2016, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed Wind Resistance, a 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. This summer, Wind Resistance won the Best Music & Sound Award at the CATS (Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland) 2017, as well as picking up three other nominations for Best New Play, Best Direction and Best Producer and Karine was also shortlisted for Best Actor 'Scottish Oscar' in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards. Wind Resistance was described by The Telegraph in a 5-star review as "poignant, unflinching and beautiful".

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Track List

  • All on a Summer’s Evening
  • The Moor Speaks
  • Lark in the Clear Air
  • Labouring and Resting
  • Tyrannic Man’s Dominion
  • Place to Rest and Mend
  • A Benediction
  • Small Consolation
  • White Old Woman of the Night
  • Sphagnum Mass for a Dead Queen
  • Lullaby for a Lost Mother
  • Remember the Geese
  • Molly Sime’s Welcome to Salter’s Road
  • We are all Bog Born

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