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Karine Polwart nominated for two BBC2 Folk Awards

Karine Polwart nominated for two BBC2 Folk Awards

Karine’s current album “This Earthly Spell” is nominated for Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009, alongside Eliza Carthy’s “Dreams of Breathing Underwater”, Jim Moray’s “Low Culture” and Bellowhead’s “Matachin”. She joins Eliza, the lovely, multi-talented Julie Fowlis and eloquent Chris Wood (who’s notched up no less than five nominations – and about time too!) in the category Folk Singer of The Year too. The awards are determined by a panel of over 150 folk “industry” representatives, with a ceremony on February 2nd 2009.

Karine won Best Album in 2005 for her debut CD “Fautlines”, as well as the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer and Best Original Song for “Sun’s Comin Over The Hill” (an accolade she won also in 2007 for her song “Daisy”).

She says:

“Over the past few years, The BBC Folk Awards have brought me loads of good fortune, as well as many, many curious listeners who probably wouldn’t otherwise have heard my songs at all. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that without the platform they gave me I might have struggled to survive as a musician these past few years. And I know how lucky I’ve been. Of course, none of the musicans nominated go around actually believing they’re the best at anything! But all of us know what a rare thing it is to get airtime or publicity for the kind of music we make and we’re grateful for it.”

“Plus it’s a mighty excuse for a frock and a party!”

See the whole list of nominations, which includes Karine’s pals Lau and the excellent young Scots vocal duo Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, over at


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