Karine Polwart scores first Top 40 entry with latest album ‘Scottish Songbook’

Karine Polwart has released latest album ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’ via Hegri Music, scoring her first entry into the Top 40 and a nomination for the 2019 BBC Folk Awards in the Best Original Song category.

The follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed ‘Laws Of Motion’ – Mojo’s Folk Album Of The Year – the new project captures multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Polwart reimagining a clutch of tracks spanning over sixty years of Scottish pop. Spawned from Karine’s much-praised 2018 Edinburgh International Festival live show of the same name, ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’ draws together interpretations of classic tracks by the likes of John Martyn, The Waterboys and Biffy Clyro.

You can read Karine’s Channel 4 interview on the album here, including her thoughts on reaching number 6 in the UK album charts.

Karine – a six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of The Year – will launch the album alongside a performance at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival on August 2, 2019, ahead of a UK headline tour including London’s Barbican on November 27, 2019. This follows a string of U.S. tour dates earlier this year, including a show at New York’s Carnegie Hall and an appearance from Karine on NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

You can watch Karine’s Tiny Desk concert below:


14 Nov ABERDEEN Music Hall
15 Nov PERTH Concert Hall
16 Nov EDINBURGH Usher Hall
27 Nov LONDON Barbican


“Like she’s trying to climb right up and into heaven… she just about gets there” – Iggy Pop
“Folk album of the year” – MOJO
“Considered, compassionate and intricate, works a slow but deep enchantment” – 8/10, Uncut
“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
“An ambitious, rich and rewarding record that sets out to encompass the globe” **** Metro
“There are few songwriters sharper” – **** Financial Times
“A flawless outing” – **** The Observer
“It’s time Karine Polwart was truly acknowledged as a national treasure” – fRoots

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