Karine Polwart releases ‘Laws of Motion’ to critical acclaim – UK dates to follow

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 – has just released her new album, Laws of Motion (out via Hudson Records) to critical acclaim. 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 which recently ticked off a date at London’s Cadogan Hall.

You can stream the album’s delicate,  finger-picked opener, ‘Ophelia’ below – a track that Polwart wrote 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?”

Praise for ‘Laws Of Motion’
“Beautiful acoustic reverie” – Times
“Epic, assured and spine-tingling” – the Quietus
Considered, compassionate and intricate, conceived of equal parts magic and dread” 8/10 – Uncut
“A flawless outing” – Observer
“Another cohesive collection of elegant meditations” **** – Independent
“These are songs of travellers, émigrés, exiles, adventurers and the hunted, and they are realised with remarkable insight, compassion and force” **** – Metro

2018 UK Tour Dates
2 Nov | Town Hall, Birmingham
3 Nov | Brewery Arts Centre, Kendall
4 Nov | Sage, Gateshead

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