New Release: Karine Polwart – Laws Of Motion / Ophelia

Close on the tail of her nomination for the 2018 Scottish Album Of The Year (for the 2017 release A Pocket Of Wind Resistance), Karine Polwart has confirmed her new album Laws Of Motion will be issued on October 19, amidst a 13 date headline tour

Karine has also unveiled the first track to arrive from the record – the delicate Ophelia, informed by 2017’s Hurricane Ophelia. Says Polwart; “When the easternmost Atlantic hurricane ever hit The British Isles, it brought with it Saharan sand and an uncanny light. Meantime, deadly wildfires ravaged Galicia and Portugal, causing black ash to fall as far north as Tallinn in Estonia. Isn’t it time we started acting as if we’re actually sharing the same earth, the same air?”

Take a listen below…

Laws Of Motion – whose subject matter variously spans WW2 & Holocaust survivors, Japanese migrants, nuclear warfare & Trump – is Polwart’s latest project to combine songwriting with socio-political issues. Wind Resistance – an exploration of society, the NHS & motherhood informed by migratory geese – was accompanied by Karine’s award-winning theatre production, later published via Faber & Faber and selected as a Guardian Book Of 2017

Forthcoming dates as follows…

17 October – LONDON, Cadogan Hall
18 October – PORTSMOUTH, Wedgewood Rooms
19 October PONTARDAWE, Arts Centre
20 October – MANCHESTER, Royal Northern College Of Music
21 October – EXETER, Phoenix
22 October – BRIGHTON, Komedia
23 October – CAMBRIDGE, Junction
24 October – LEEDS, City Varieties
31 October – SHREWSBURY, Walker Theatre
1 November – BRISTOL, St Georges
2 November – BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall
3 November – KENDAL, Brewery Arts Centre
4 November – GATESHEAD, Sage