Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart

Performing: Karine Polwart

Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford

Doors Open: 7:30PM
Starts: 8:00PM

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 16s who are not accompanied by an adult.

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"a passionate, perceptive songwriter" Uncut 2008           

"exceptionally subtle and melodic" Q 2008             

"takes the heart to places few singers even  know exist" WORD 2008

A special solo show from Karine Polwart.

Plus support.

Karine Polwart 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. She also  has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener  towards her in the same way one might lean towards a late night tale by the  fireside.

Her songs deal with humanity in all its many guises: there  is tenderness, triumph and sorrow, raised flags of rebellion and independence, flashes of anger at power abused and misused.  Perhaps most frequently she deals in spare, unsentimental empathy, often with  those who have been dealt the least playable hands in the game of life.

The results have  rarely failed to strike a chord. Her debut album Faultlines won three awards at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, including  Best Album. Its follow up, Scribbled in  Chalk (2006), contained “Daisy”, a gentle word to the wise to one of life’s  givers and truth-tellers who can’t quite comprehend that “there are people in  this world who don’t think like you do”. The song won Polwart another BBC Folk  Award for Best Original Song in 2007.

But her achievements can’t simply be measured in terms of  industry acclaim. 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. In that, too, she has  succeeded time and time again.

“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”.

Karine tours most  often as a trio with her brother Steven Polwart (acoustic and electric  guitars, ukulele & vocals) and singer,  songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson (accordion,  percussion, loops & vocals).

Her fifth studio  album is due for release in Summer 2012.

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