Saltire recognition for top folk singer Karine
Stirlingshire-born musician Karine Polwart has received a prestigious Scots culture award.
The award-winning musician was among four individuals to receive the 30th Fletcher of Saltoun Award, presented annually to inspiring Scots in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Scotland’s culture and society. The three other winners were healthcare academic Professor Graham Watt, technology entrepreneur Chris van der Kuyl and contributor to Scotland’s voluntary sector, Fiona Duncan. Since they were launched in 1988, the Fletcher of Saltoun
30th Fletcher of Saltoun Awards
Awards have continued to celebrate the unique contribution to Scottish society of a wide variety of recipients.
The awards celebrate the legacy of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, a seventeenth century Scottish writer and politician and a keen patron of the arts during his lifetime.
Karine, brought up in Banknock, once a member of traditional music stalwarts The Battlefield Band, is one of Scotland’s most popular traditional folk artists.
She is a four times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – and inaugural winner of Scots singer of the year at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
She has also campaigned on issues including nuclear disarmament, mental health, children’s rights and domestic abuse. Her fifth studio album TRaces released in 2012 included tracks inspired by the Occupy London protests (‘King of Birds’) and Donald Trump’s controversial golf course development in Aberdeenshire (‘Cover Your Eyes’).
Karine said: “Thank you to the Saltire Society for this recognition of my work as a musician, writer and performer living in Scotland.
“Everything I make draws breath from a network of creative collaborators, pals and peers. And from the untold stories and hidden histories of others, as well as the overlooked places and messy political and ethical complexities of today’s Scotland. So, I accept the award with gratitude for all of that too.”
The Fletcher of Saltoun Awards is just one part of an annual programme of events and awards organised by the Saltire Society.
Further events taking place over the next few months include Outstanding Women of Scotland, the Saltire Infrastructure Awards and the Saltire Literary Awards, taking place on St Andrew’s Day, November 30.
Saltire award Karine Polwart’s mum Anne and dad Stuart collected the award on her behalf