Karine Polwart completes line up for Bert Inspired

19 January 2016

Acclaimed Scottish singer and songwriter joins the all-star cast at Celtic Connections 2016.

Karine Polwart has been added to the exceptional bill, which features Martin Simpson, Graham Coxon and Ryley Walker, joining Pentangle's Jacqui McShee (playing with Mike Piggott), Robert Plant, and Bernard Butler with Ben Watt, all playing songs by Bert, inspired by Bert and tunes that inspired his timeless music.

Karine's 2012 album Traces was picked as Album of The Year by both The Herald and The Guardian, and was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award. A much sought-after collaborator, she has worked with artists such as Lau and Greek-Cypriot composer Alkinoos Ioannidis. She says "I'm honoured to have been asked to take part in these shows for Celtic Connections and hope I can do a handful of his songs justice."

The originally announced show at the Old Fruitmarket sold out so quickly, we are delighted the show will also be staged the following night at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, effectively extending the festival to Monday 1 February.

Last few tickets are on sale via the Celtic Connections website.

Also on 31 January:

10am-1pm Bert Inspired: Guitar workshop led by Mike Walker, of Renbourn Guitar Workshops and Thomas Fairhurst, both of the Bert Transcribed group put together by the Bert Jansch Foundation at City Halls, Glasgow. Visit the Renbourn Guitar Workshops website for more details and booking

2.30-5pm Bert Inspired: Acoustic Routes screening and Anne Briggs Q&A, Glasgow Film Theatre. A rare public appearance by Bert's inspiration Anne Briggs in conversation with Pete Paphides, after a screening of the 1992 feature length documentary following both through the Scottish folk scene. Book tickets.