Karine Polwart announces new album Scottish Songbook out August 2

“It’s time Karine Polwart was truly acknowledged as a national treasure” – fRoots
“Epic, assured and spine-tingling. Polwart’s inventiveness is unfettered, but the result is not only musically and instrumentally rich, but uncommonly focused. Music for our times” – The Quietus
“Dazzlingly inventive” – ✭✭✭✭✭ Songlines

6-time BBC Award-winning Scottish singer, songwriter, theatre producer and writer, Karine Polwart, has just announced her new album ‘Scottish Songbook’ to be released August 2. The tracks are a reimagining of Scottish pop music spanning 60 years, inspired by her live show of the same name with debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival.

To begin the countdown, Karine has released the first track ‘Women Of The World’, her take on the Ivor Cutler track released in 1983.

In keeping with the release, Polwart – a published writer via Faber & Faber – has offered up the first in a month-long series of blogs throughout March, in which she explores the efforts of pioneering but under-represented Scottish women. Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, the first essay profiles the work of political activist and songwriter Mary Brooksbank – the only woman to have her writing featured in Scottish Parliament on the Writer’s Wall. You can read this here.

Karine feels a symbiosis between the context of Cutler’s track and the activism of Brookbank; “The social and health care jobs most of us inhabited were precisely those that Mary fought for, at a time when infant mortality in Scotland’s industrial towns and cities was close to 20%, and the NHS and the Welfare State were but a dream. The act of singing in community with others in that draughty old school was physically, emotionally and politically restorative for all of us. For me, it is still. Indeed, it’s why I sing.”

Karine Polwart also appeared on BBC Radio 4 in conversation on the art of storytelling, which you can listen while available here.

14 November ABERDEEN Music Hall
15 November PERTH Concert Hall
16 November EDINBURGH Usher Hall
27 November LONDON Barbican (on sale from March 15)

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