Saltire recog­ni­tion for top folk singer Karine

Stirling Observer - - THETICKET -

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

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