Excitement is in the air as we prepare to welcome the highly-acclaimed Scottish singer/songwriter, Karine Polwart in April. Known for the way she draws from folk music's long tradition, while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times, Karine recently earned three nominations in the prestigious annual BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the categories of Album of the Year, Folk Singer of the Year and Best Original Song. Her latest album Traces was chosen by The Guardian as the No 1 Folk Album of 2012 and by The Sunday Herald as the No 1 Scottish Album of 2012.
Karine is joining us as part of our Easter conference, EarthSings – Singing for Unity and Wellbeing, taking place 30 March – 5 April 2013. We are delighted to have her teaching an afternoon workshop, and performing an evening concert as a trio with her brother Steven Polwart and with singer/songwriter Inge Thomson.
Hosted by Peter Vallance, with contributions from local song teachers Bill Henderson, Kate O’Connell and Barbara Swetina, EarthSings is a conference devoted to the power of singing. Through harmony singing, mantra chanting, devotional and community singing in nature, we intend to create a healing field within which we can achieve transformation through song. Georgian singing (Frank Kane), African-American sacred music (Kathy Bullock), community singing (Ali Burns), pre-Christian Gaelic chants (Fionntulach), and music to reconnect us with our inner spirit (Michael Stillwater) will be just some of what this week will hold.
The conference will feature daytime workshops, large and small-scale participatory events and evening concerts, with many of the sessions open for participants from the local area to attend, either as single sessions or a series of sessions.
With our hearts open and our spirits soaring, we extend an invitation to you to join us for a special week of singing together for healing, celebration and union through spirit. For more information please click here.