MULTI award-winning Scottish songwriter Karine Polwart returns to Purbeck Valley Folk Festival for this year’s August festival.

Karine is the latest headliner to be announced, coming five years after her memorable gig in 2014.

Her most recent accolade has been BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Singer Of The Year 2018. She added this to five other five previous BBC Folk awards, which are a recognition of her powerful original songwriting.

Festival dierctor Paul Burke said: “Her songs combine folk influences and myth with themes as diverse as Charles Darwin’s family life and the complexities of modern parenthood and Donald Trump’s corporate megalomania. She sings traditional songs too and writes to commission for theatre, animation and thematic collaborative projects.”

Karine’s talents reach beyond folk music. She is also theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer and published essayist. She wrote, directed and performed the much-praised ‘Wind Resistance’ for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Karine appears at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival with her trio Inge Thomson and brother Steven Polwart.

PVFF’s showcase competition Purbeck Rising is still accepting entries for 2019 - closing date is April. 17 If you know any good young or new folk acts or singer-songwriters, point them in the direction of the website below.

* Tickets now available from £115 for the weekend (youth £55/child £20 until April 30), including four nights of camping. Day tickets from £50 are also on sale. Tickets are available via the festival website