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Karine Polwart - Traces

Karine Polwart


Karine Polwart is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She writes and performs music with a strong folk and roots feel, her songs dealing with a variety of issues from alcoholism to genocide. She has been most recognised for her solo career, winning three awards at the BBC Folk Awards in 2005.Over the last few years she has expanded her range, and her audience, through her involvement with the excellent (mostly) Scottish folk supergroup the Burns Unit and the Darwin Song Project, and now comes an ambitious and confident new solo album in which her songs range from the personal to the epic and atmospheric. Polwart has a cool, thoughtful and at times powerful voice, but it's the lyrics that make her special. Like many writers who emerged from the folk scene, she is fascinated by history, and there's a grand sweep of ideas in many of the songs, with King of Birds examining the history of the City of London, and the gently furious Cover Your Eyes mixing childhood memories with an attack on the Trump Corporation golf development in Aberdeenshire.