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

Five-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song, her fifth solo album Traces was shortlisted for both TheScottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards  Album of the Year and was chosen as best international folk-roots release by The Guardian. Her first solo album Faultlines won Best Album at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2005, following six years of touring as a traditional Scots singer with Malinky and Battlefield Band

In 2016, in association with The Royal Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival, Karine wrote, musically directed, and performed her critically acclaimed debut work for theatre Wind Resistance. The show won the Best Music and Sound Award at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017 and Karine was also shortlisted for the Best Actor Award in The Sunday Herald Culture Awards

A Pocket Of Wind Resistance written in collaboration with sound-designer Pippa Murphy, is the musical accompaniment to the theatre show and was chosen as Best Album 2017 by both Songlines Magazine & BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and has been selected for The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Album 2018. Karine is also shortlisted as Folk Singer of the Year.

Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio - long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) - and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in autumn 2018.

A glorious singer, enquiring songwriter and enlightened mind - MOJO

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

Warm, wise, compelling - The Observer