Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart is a Scottish artist who combines traditional folk music styles with modern themes. I’ve been cruising around the internet looking for pieces to include here and I haven’t found a song yet that I didn’t like. Her voice is pure and her emotions deep. The music she creates has feeling, and often deep social meaning.

Polwart’s 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.

Karine Polwart performs “Daisy” for PRI’s “The World:”

Visit Karine’s website to learn more about the amazing, young artist.

Bwani Junction

Fergus, Jack, Rory and Dan make up Edinburgh’s Bwani Junction. The recently made history by being the first band to play on the Forth Rail Bridge. This being a follow-up to their recent music video for their song “Two Bridges,” shown below. An article from The Skinny (November, 2011) describes their sound as, “. . . a breezy, summer sound tempered with homegrown tales, . . .” comparing them to bands like Vampire Weekend. Listen and enjoy!

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Tallia Storm

Let me start by saying . . . she’s 13. Listen to that voice! No 13-year-old should have that much soul. Tallia Storm was born and (is being) raised in Killearn, Sterling, Scotland. On June 10th, 2012, she opened for none other than Sir Elton John at his performance in Falkirk  (the only date in Scotland on his current tour.) This all came about because Ms. Storm ran into Sir Elton’s partner, David Furnish while vacationing in Hawaii. She handed over a demo CD and a note, and hours later Elton John was on the phone. Crazy. Please take a listen. Even if R&B/Soul is not your prefered choice of music, I think you’ll be impressed.



Learn more about Tallia Storm on her website.

KT Tunstall: Black Horse & The Cherry Tree

You may be familiar with Scotland’s KT Tunstall and her song “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree,” but if you’ve never seen her ‘one woman’ version, you should treat yourself! It’s amazing to watch her build the back tracks as she begins the song.

Find out more about KT Tunstall on her website!