THE HOBBLEDEHOY’S favorite Scot, Karine Polwart – won for her beautiful song about Donald Trump’s ancestry and Earth wisdom – “I Burn But I Am Not Consumed” (LISTEN!)
Season 1 Episode 2: Karine was named Folk Singer of the Year at the 2018 Radio 2 Folk Awards. Her solo theatre piece “Wind Resistance” and album “A Pocket of Wind Resistance” were inspired by Fala Moor near her home in Midlothian just south of Edinburgh. She takes Matthew for a walk across the Moor which is a haven for wildlife, particularly birds. As she sings you can hear skylarks and curlews flying around her. Karine tells stories of the people who lived near the moor and the monastic hospital which stood nearby where pioneering herbal treatments were invented. And she reflects on n her own life journey from social worker dealing with survivors of domestic violence to award winning folk singer.
Karine Polwart is one of Scotland’s most celebrated folk singers, but it’s her album of famous pop hits ‘Scottish Songbook’ which has finally made it into the UK top ten.
Inspired by Scotland’s political landscape, Polwart has chosen covers with a theme of resiliance and resistance.
From issues like domestic abuse to Scottish independence, the album gives new meaning, she says, to existing songs.