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“An accomplished performance from two people who are master and mistress of their craft. Spellbinding.”

Edinburgh International Festival
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“Milligan and Polwart achieve nothing short of magnificence. Exquisite.”

★★★★★ Morning Star

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Seven-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of The Year, Karine Polwart’s latest project is a collaboration with renowned jazz/folk pianist Dave Milligan. Karine is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter, folk singer, and storyteller and Dave is a highly versatile musician and a leading figure in the diverse Scottish music scene.

Piano and voice isn’t a combination that you hear often in the folk idiom, and yet it can be just as potent, if not more so, than a full band, and the duo’s new album is just this – an intimate, stripped-back collection of songs performed entirely with voice and grand piano. Deceptively simple, yet devastatingly powerful. ‘Still As Your Sleeping’ is threaded through with images of stillness and flux, leaving and returning, and pivots of change and includes the timeless and poignant The Parting Glass as requested by Margaret Atwood for her specially curated BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“One voice and one piano can hold a lot of space, a lot of feeling”, says Polwart. “Some of these songs are brand new, whilst others have been on my tongue for two decades and more, which is as long as I’ve known Dave”.

Although known primarily as a jazz pianist, Dave’s writing and arranging often distils folk and traditional influences, making him the perfect creative partner for Karine. Both musicians live in the same Midlothian village and that familiarity is evident in the music. It’s a magical combination, and as Karine says “It’s never felt more important to me to make music, and tell stories, from exactly where I am, with the people I live alongside, my friends and neighbours.”
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Ticket Pricing & Booking Information

Tickets £25

Doors Open 6.30pm

Performance Starts 7.30pm

Interval 30 minutes
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Drink Arrangements – Please note that any drink consumed inside the premises must be purchased from the bar. For Friends and Patrons of Clonter who wish to bring their own drink, a corkage fee of £4 per person will apply (payable in advance on 01260 224514).

Dining Options –  Hot bar snacks – Sausage rolls, and cheese and onion pasties, locally made (Mandevilles of Holmes Chapel) – available, or bring your own pre-performance (indoor) picnic.

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N.B. Table and catering booking facilities close a week before the performance date. Pre-order drinks facilities close at 4pm on the Wednesday before the performance.
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