Seven-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including three times for Best Original Song and Folk Singer Of The Year 2018, Karine Polwart is a songwriter, musician, theatre maker, author. She also performs traditional songs and writes for theatre, film, animation, and international thematic collaborative projects. Recent projects include her successful Scottish Songbook re-imaginings of classic Scottish pop, and The Lost Words: Spell Songs, a multi-artist response to environmental loss and climate breakdown.

Karine draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance.

Having studied politics and philosophy at university and later worked in the area of women’s and children’s rights, Polwart has always wanted her music to perform some useful social function. “For me” says Polwart, “music is one of the most powerful ways of making sense of the world. It’s for celebrating, grieving, sharing, wondering. Nothing inspires me more than the realisation that any one of my songs means something to someone else”.

Dates & Times

Last session: Mon 11 Oct 2021 at 8:00 PM - This event has now passed
Derby Hall @ The Met
£23.50 (inc fees)

Covid Safety at The Met

This will be a full-capacity event with a non-socially distanced audience; we will however still be utilising many Covid safety measures for your safety and the safety of our staff.

Learn about our COVID safety measures

Reviews

“Poignant, unflinching and beautiful.”

The Telegraph

“Exquisite songs delivered with a quite extraordinary combination of gentleness, strength, humour and sheer command of her art.”

The Scotsman

“An unflinching social eye.”

The Observer

Related events

Music -

The Zombies

Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate their long-awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Book
Music -

Sam Baker

Texas troubadour Sam Baker comes to The Met for a captivating evening of songs and stories.

Book
Music -

The Outside Track

One of the best Celtic acts in the world. Blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle and vocals with breathtaking vitality!

Book