Karine Polwart “Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook” (Independent, 2019)

From the opening crystal clear repeated note pattern, this album sets about the whole notion of a covers album with a fresh and distinctive voice. This is original and stirring stuff. ‘The Whole of the Moon’ is completely reinvented as a joyous pean to life with gentle production and beautiful harmonies. 

Karine Polwart unveils her Scottish Songbook and UK dates

Karine Polwart is well known for her contributions to folk music – she has after all won six BBC Folk Awards and was 2018’s singer of the year.  Her newest project has an interesting slant on popular song, and particularly the popular song of Scotland.  With her band, Karine Polwart has re-imagined and reshaped a … Continue reading “Karine Polwart unveils her Scottish Songbook and UK dates”

Karine Polwart “Ophelia” – Listen

Karine Polwart’s latest album  ‘Laws Of Motion‘  has, quite rightly, received the raviest of reviews – you’ll recall what Americana-UK thought (here) when giving a mighty 9/10.  The gently haunting ‘Ophelia‘ is, quite literally, a wind swept track – you can feel the wind blowing through the words that paint a delicate picture of the atmospheric … Continue reading “Karine Polwart “Ophelia” – Listen”

Karine Polwart “Laws of Motion” (Hudson Records, 2018)

A cornerstone of the Scottish folk scene, six times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards along with a host of other accolades, Karine Polwart goes from strength to strength with this magnificent album which is rich in tradition yet speaks strongly to the current times. ‘Laws of Motion’, while not a concept album … Continue reading “Karine Polwart “Laws of Motion” (Hudson Records, 2018)”

Karine Polwart “Laws of Motion” – Listen

‘Laws Of Motion’ is the new album from six-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Karine Polwart’s latest project to ally music & storytelling with socio-politics. It’s the follow-up to her SAY nominated ‘Wind Resistance’ project, which alongside the much-praised album, also included a self-produced multi-award winning theatre production and a Faber & Faber published script, … Continue reading “Karine Polwart “Laws of Motion” – Listen”

Trials of Cato and Brìghde Chaimbeul are winners at Radio 2’s Folk Awards

The winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 were announced last night in a ceremony presented by Mark Radcliffe at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester as part of the Manchester Folk Festival, the whole thing being broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds. Radcliffe himself won an award for 40 years of “talking … Continue reading “Trials of Cato and Brìghde Chaimbeul are winners at Radio 2’s Folk Awards”

Celtic Connections kicks off this week

Glasgow’s annual celebration of roots and traditional music from around the globe opens for business this Thursday and then proceeds for the next three weeks with over 300 events scheduled to take place. Always a highlight of the cultural calendar it’s the largest festival of its type in the world showcasing world music, folk, roots, … Continue reading “Celtic Connections kicks off this week”

Lucinda Williams and Richard Thompson are first Cambridge 2019 headliners to be announced

The organisers of Cambridge Folk Festival have announced the first 15 names confirmed for 2019’s line-up, with legendary artists joining relative newcomers to take to the stages of Cherry Hinton Hall. The biggest names is probably our very own americana icon Lucinda Williams, but there’s also some other ace stuff on the list including Swedish-Argentinian singer songwriter … Continue reading “Lucinda Williams and Richard Thompson are first Cambridge 2019 headliners to be announced”

Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up

Glasgow’s annual winterfest of roots music has unveiled the line up for 2019 and as usual, amidst the myriad of acts with more than 300 events taking place over the festival’s 18 days, there’s plenty of Americana acts to enjoy. As Donald Shaw, Creative Producer for Celtic Connections, says, “Every year we strive to programme … Continue reading “Celtic Connections announces 2019 line up”