Karine Polwart today releases a new single ‘Since Yesterday’, the latest to be lifted from her forthcoming album ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’, due for release on August 2, 2019, through Hegri Music. The follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed ‘Laws Of Motion’ – Mojo’s Folk Album Of The Year – the new project captures multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Polwart reimagining a clutch of tracks spanning over sixty years of Scottish pop.
Spawned from Karine’s much-praised 2018 Edinburgh International Festival live show of the same name, ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’ draws together interpretations of classic tracks by the likes of John Martyn, The Waterboys and Biffy Clyro. Karine – a six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of The Year – will launch the album alongside a performance at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival on August 2, 2019, ahead of a UK headline tour including London’s Barbican on November 27, 2019.
Karine’s reinterpretation of Strawberry Switchblade’s classic track ‘Since Yesterday’ arrives close on the tail of her recent Carnegie Hall performance in New York, and her debut appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, which you can watch from here. One of the most striking transformations on the new album, Karine’s reconstruction of ‘Since Yesterday’ dislocates the track from the teenaged insouciance of the original, splicing it with a tape recording of her grandfather singing an old Irish ballad, around the time of the track’s original mid-80s release. Speaking about the release, which comes just ahead of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21st May, 2019), Karine says; “To me now, this song isn’t about teenage anxiety. It’s about ageing and dementia, remembrance and loss. That’s partly because I’ve got older and life and meaning changes. Even tracks that you might remember as saccharine pop, they’re altered by time. And the real challenge and joy for me is getting inside them, because the lyrics & melodies are often so powerful and resonant.”
Listen to ‘Since Yesterday’ – BELOW:
Recorded at Chem 19 (where the likes of Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote and Teenage Fanclub have all cut albums), ‘Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook’ features regular band mates Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson, alongside Graeme Smillie (bass and keys), Calum McIntyre (kit and percussion) and Louis Abbott of Admiral Fallow (vocals, guitar & percussion). Karine has also collaborated with Scottish visual artist Jen Frankwell to create a series of multi-layered artworks to accompany her ‘Scottish Songbook’. Created using a miscellany of items including postcards, pin badges, statistical data and textile remnants, Frankwell’s thoughtful montages cut to the heart of the issues surrounding community, dignity, purpose, mental health and hope that Polwart’s body of work continues to shine a light on.
14 November ABERDEEN Music Hall
15 November PERTH Concert Hall
16 November EDINBURGH Usher Hall
27 November LONDON Barbican (on sale from March 15)