Listening to Karine Polwart’s music transports the mind and heart to the autumnal woods, smelling the leaves and hearing nightingales sing. Her music is spellbinding both in the songwriting craft and the delivery. She is undeniably the Folk inspiration of her generation proving that what matters is not at what time you come to the craft but the passion that resonates within yourself and onto your audience. A mix of style, wit, honesty, Celtic authenticity and spirituality, she is the voice and the muse to the heart that seeks truths, thirsts for answers, and looks for the words to both the beauty (e.g. birth) and the ugliness (e.g. wars and injustice) of the reality that surrounds us daily. Her music has a depth to it that catches the heartstring and the mind alike, and takes you over like a great classic. We might just, like Karine Polwart, follow her favourite animal, the heron, just for the possibility to reach such crafty and exceptional expressions of truths.
Karine Polwart in ten songs:
1. Follow the heron – This is the most covered song by Karine Polwart. It appears, among other albums, on Scribbled in Chalk and the 2013 release Threshold and has been extensively covered. 2. Sorry The track by which I discovered Karine Polwart, fell in love with her artistry and got hooked over and over again is a mix of a point wittingly made, a catchy musical background and a lovely melody. What more can we ask? Just have a look at the other tracks to know that the artist has more to offer 3. Rivers run – This is the opening track of her 2013 compilation Threshold and track 4 on 2008 LP release “This earthly spell”. I dare you not to be spellbound by the melodic flow of the rivers that flow and run harmoniously in the instrumentation including the vocals. 4. What Are you waiting For – Country takes over folk in this relatively uptempo number with a catchy tune to tap or even line dance to. This track comes at number 7 in 2003 album Faultlines 5. Medusa 6. Cover Your Eyes – Traces is the 2012 album by Karine Polwart and this track beautifully introduces it. 7. Dowie Dens Of Yarrow – Spellbinding storytelling and vocal and musical delivery from her 2007 album Fairest Floo’er also available on the 2013 compilation Threshold. As Rose would say, shh… listen 8. Take its own time 9. Only One Way – The first track on her first album sets her agenda: engaging musical air and engaged lyrics “we have to break all the rules they make and make all the trouble we can, only one way” 10. King of birds – It is impossible for a heart to not resonate with the beauty and meaning of this exceptional song and its amazing delivery.