Karine Polwart announces new album, ‘Laws of Motion’, out October 19 & UK dates through October and November

Multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Karine Polwart – six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of The Year – will release a new album, Laws of Motion, on October 19, 2018 via Hudson Records. Polwart’s seventh release, Laws of Motion is the follow-up to 2017’s much-praised A Pocket of Wind Resistance, which earned Karine & co-writer Pippa Murphy a New Music Scotland Award, alongside nominations for the 2018 Scottish Album Of The Year & Radio 2 Folk Album Of The Year. Laws Of Motion – recorded alongside long-term collaborators Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion, synths & vocals) and brother Steven Polwart (guitars & vocals) – will arrive amidst a 13 date UK tour, including London’s Cadogan Hall on October 17, 2018.

Karine is trailing the announcement with the first track to emerge from ‘Laws Of Motion’ – delicate,  finger-picked album opener ‘Ophelia’. Polwart wrote it having witnessed the portentous, far-reaching after-effects of 2017’s Hurricane Ophelia from her Midlothian home. Says Karine; “When the easternmost Atlantic hurricane ever hit The British Isles, it brought with it Saharan sand and an uncanny light. Meantime, deadly wildfires ravaged Galicia and Portugal, causing black ash to fall as far north as Tallinn in Estonia. Isn’t it time we started acting as if we’re actually sharing the same earth, the same air?”.  ‘Ophelia’ is streaming below.

Praise for 2017’s ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’
This record is an epic, emotional endeavour, and a stunning one, too **** the Guardian
Long established as a glorious singer, enquiring songwriter and enlightened mind **** MOJO
The arrangements are light and percussive and Polwart’s singing is bell-like Uncut
Draws together several narrative and observational threads into a taut allegorical message about community and progress **** the Independent
Birds chirp and rustle; Polwart’s narrative voice nestles in the ear ***** the Financial Times
Devastatingly powerful ***** Songlines

2018 UK Tour Dates
17 Oct | Cadogan Hall, London
18 Oct | Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
19 Oct | Arts Centre, Pontardawe
20 Oct | Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester
21 Oct | Phoenix, Exeter
22 Oct | Komedia, Brighton
23 Oct | Junction, Cambridge
24 Oct | City Varieties, Leeds
31 Oct | Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury
1 Nov | St Georges, Bristol
2 Nov | Town Hall, Birmingham
3 Nov | Brewery Arts Centre, Kendall
4 Nov | Sage, Gateshead

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