Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Twice winner of "Best Original Song" at the UK-wide BBC Folk Awards, she continues to wonder at the homes her many poignant songs find for themselves.
Following the breakthrough of her debut album "Faultlines", which won Best Album at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, and its more lush and polished 2006 successor "Scribbled in Chalk", Karine took time out to give birth to her son in 2007. In an extraordinarily creative and productive maternity leave, she recorded not one but two albums for release on her own micro label, hegri music.
This return to her origins as a respected Scots traditional singer had a profound influence upon her current bittersweet collection of original songs "This Earthly Spell". Indeed all four of her solo CD releases prove she's a writer able to combine ancient traditions with sharp contemporary observations and an independent sensibility.