Feature: Scottish singer/song writer on Karine Polwart on Falling and Feeling

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Langdon Clay - Tallahatchie Bridge, 1997.

Falling and Feeling: Dance Umbrella’s Definite Article series, curated by dramaturg Ruth Little, continues with a consideration of musical structure and bodily impact by multi-award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart. Ruth writes….

Karine’s songs combine folk influences and myth with themes as diverse as Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania, Charles Darwin’s family life and the complexities of modern parenthood. She is four times winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including twice for Best Original Song. Fresh from her recent successes in Celtic Connections and just ahead of her appearance at the Breathe Festival, London, on 26 February, Karine leads us through songs by Nat King Cole, Bobbie Gentry, Radiohead and her own song Cover Your Eyes, which features in Anthony Baxter’s You’ve Been Trumped. Falling and Feeling describes the relationship between dynamic and emotional structure in popular songs – their patterns of rhythm and sound, or prosody – and reminds us that our physical and emotional lives are based on movement.
Read the full article here

See previous articles, including a recent piece by Liz Lerman, here

Photo: Langdon Clay – Tallahatchie Bridge, 1997.

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