Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart

Profile:
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.

A former children's rights worker, Karine allows images, narratives, questions and wry comic asides to do much of her work. She tries never to say too much.

She holds a Masters degree in philosophy.

Over the past few years, Karine has notched up a string of musical collaborations with alt folk balladeer King Creosote, Indo-Caledonian Future Pilot AKA, Chris Wood, Idlewild front man Roddy Woomble, bluegrass artist Tim O'Brien and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Following her debut album "Faultlines", which won Best Album at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, and the 2006 successor "Scribbled in Chalk", Karine took time out to give birth to her son in 2007.

She then recorded two albums for release on her own micro label, hegri music.

Meantime, Polwart collaborates with friends Annie Grace (vocals, whistle) and Corrina Hewat (vocals,harp) in a vocal harmony project Grace Hewat Polwart combining traditional and original songs. She's also one eighth of new Scots-Canadian band collective The Burns Unit.
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Karine Polwart Discography

Albums

NEONCD005 Karine Polwart Faultlines(CD, Dig) NEON (9) NEONCD005 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SPIT028 Karine Polwart Scribbled In Chalk(CD) Shoeshine Records SPIT028 UK 2006 Sell This Version
HEGRICD03 Karine Polwart Fairest Floo'er(CD, Album, Dig) Hegri Music HEGRICD03 UK 2007 Sell This Version
Karine Polwart This Earthly Spell (Album) Hegri Music UK 2008 Sell This Version
Karine Polwart Traces (Album) Hegri Music UK 2012 Sell This Version
NAVIGATOR094 Eliza Carthy, Hannah James, Hannah Read, Hazel Askew, Jenn Butterworth, Jenny Hill (6), Karine Polwart, Kate Young (2), Mary Macmaster, Rowan Rheingans Eliza Carthy, Hannah James, Hannah Read, Hazel Askew, Jenn Butterworth, Jenny Hill (6), Karine Polwart, Kate Young (2), Mary Macmaster, Rowan Rheingans - Songs Of Separation(CD, Album) Navigator Records (2) NAVIGATOR094 UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NEONCDS002 Karine Polwart Only One Way(CD, Single) Neon (9) NEONCDS002 UK 2003 Sell This Version
KARINE 01 Karine Polwart The Pulling Through EP 2005(CD, EP) Hegri Music KARINE 01 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SPIT 030 Karine Polwart Daisy(CD, Single) Spit & Polish SPIT 030 UK 2006 Sell This Version
HegriCD05 Karine Polwart A Wee Bit Extra(CD, EP) Proper Records Ltd. HegriCD05 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Hegri CD07 Karine Polwart The Build - Your - Own - Cathedral E.P.(CD, EP, Car) Hegri Music Hegri CD07 UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Karine Polwart Rivers Run(CDr, Single, Promo) Hegri Music, Proper Records (2) none UK 2009 Sell This Version
LAUKP1 Lau (3) vs Karine Polwart Lau (3) vs Karine Polwart - Evergreen(CD, EP) Lau Scotland LTD LAUKP1 UK 2010 Sell This Version
DC497 Alasdair Roberts & Karine Polwart / Drew Wright Alasdair Roberts & Karine Polwart / Drew Wright - Captain Wedderburn's Courtship / The Dowie Dens O Yarrow(7", Single) Drag City DC497 US 2011 Sell This Version
none Karine Polwart Merry Xmas Everybody(CDr, Single, Promo) Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version
HEGRICD08RP2 Karine Polwart King Of Birds (Radio Edit)(CDr, Single, Promo) Hegri Music HEGRICD08RP2 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CDTRAX261 Margaret Bennett, Elspeth Cowie, Ray Fisher, Annie Grace, Corrina Hewat, Mackenzie (4), Ishbel MacAskill, Mairi MacInnes, Maggie MacInnes, Anna Murray, Karine Polwart, Sheila Stewart (2), Sheena Wellington Margaret Bennett, Elspeth Cowie, Ray Fisher, Annie Grace, Corrina Hewat, Mackenzie (4), Ishbel MacAskill, Mairi MacInnes, Maggie MacInnes, Anna Murray, Karine Polwart, Sheila Stewart (2), Sheena Wellington - Scottish Women(CD, Comp) Greentrax Recordings Ltd. CDTRAX261 UK 2004 Sell This Version
W2BCD9901 Karine Polwart Treshold(CD, Album, Comp) Borealis Records W2BCD9901 Canada 2013 Sell This Version