Watch the Karine Polwart Trio Perform At The Tiny Desk 

Karine Polwart Trio

Scottish singer, songwriter and essayist Karine Polwart seldom comes stateside. She prefers to limit air travel in order to minimize her carbon footprint. She took exception, however, to fly from Edinburgh to New York City to participate in the Carnegie Hall Migrations festival, a celebration of the history of the movement of people all around the world. Polwart and her brother, guitarist Steven Polwart and multi-instrumentalist, Inge Thomson, then escaped New York for a day to play the Tiny Desk here in Washington, D.C.

Polwart writes songs about hope, music that harnesses spiritual power and lyrics that address important social justice themes. Stories of human emotion and the human experience are also commonplace as in the first tune, “Ophelia.”

Her second song at the desk, “I Burn But I Am Not Consumed,” includes a mesmerizing spoken word denunciation of President Donald Trump, while the closing tune, “King of Birds,” praises the power of small things. In it Polwart recounts the legend of a wren who piggybacks a lift on an eagle’s wing. Just as the large bird is unable to fly any higher in the sky, the tiny wren catches a breath of air, soars higher than the eagle and is crowned the king of all birds.

Lyricism and messages of hope and beauty heard throughout punctuate a stunning accompaniment of inventive instrumentation. The steady, resonant guitar riffs played by Steven Polwart ground the delicate vocal harmonies. Inge Thomson’s accordion lines, combined with an array of percussion instruments and synth-generated effects, add a complimentary layer of sound without overpowering the music. Karine Polwart’s bellowing and drone-like Shruti box provides a sweet serenity.

SET LIST

  • “Ophelia”
  • “I Burn But I Am Not Consumed”
  • “King of Birds”

MUSICIANS

Karine Polwart: vocals, guitar, shruti box; Steven Polwart: guitar, vocals; Inge Thomson: accordion, percussion, noises, vocals

 

Listen at: Video: Watch the Karine Polwart Trio Perform At The Tiny Desk : NPR

Martin Clunes ready for eighth season of British series 

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Eighth Season for Doc Marten

Martin Clunes enjoys the challenge that Dr. Martin Ellingham brings to him in the series “Doc Martin.”

In fact, he’s enjoying the journey.

“I really love him,” he says in a recent interview from England. “What I love about the character is that there isn’t a pre-existing text or strict parameters. We don’t want to change him. At the same time, it’s good fun to throw him around.” Continue reading

Downton Abbey is coming back to our screens 

IT WAS television gold, and now Downton Abbey the movie is in the works.Original cast members, including Michelle Dockerty and Joanne Froggatt, will return for the film.Producers have said that all the original principle cast will come back for the production, set to start filming this year.

Taking to social media site Instagram, Dockerty, who played Lady Mary Crawley, wrote: “The secret’s out.. thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen.”

Froggatt, who played lady’s maid Anna Bates added: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together.” Downton’s creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay for the new film and will co-produce. Downton Abbey followed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the start of the 20th century [ . . . ]

Continue at THE SCOTSMAN: Downton Abbey is coming back to our screens – The Scotsman

Vanessa Kirby says playing Princess Margaret was ‘enough’ after Bafta win 

“I just felt like the luckiest person in the world to play somebody that was so colourful and vivid and brave and strong”

Actress Vanessa Kirby says the chance to get to know the character of Princess Margaret was “enough” of an honour after she won a Bafta award for her portrayal of the royal.


In May Kirby, 30, received the Bafta TV award for best supporting actress for her performances as the Queen’s sister in Netflix series The Crown.Kirby won the category after being selected by the judges over fellow actors Anna Friel, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Liv Hill [ . . . ]

Source: Vanessa Kirby says playing Princess Margaret was ‘enough’ after Bafta win | Irish Examiner