Karine Polwart to join Ricky Ross and friends for dementia benefit

Photograph by Sandy Butler

We are delighted to announce that Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart will join Ricky Ross and friends at our special evening of music and memories: Songs in the Round.

The one-off concert – also featuring Del Amitri’s Justin Currie and Danny Wilson’s Gary Clark – will be held at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh on 29th April.

Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, who writes and performs music with a strong folk inspiration. In 2016, she wrote and performed her debut work for theatre, ‘Wind Resistance’, a poetic meditation on midwifery, ecology, sanctuary and solidarity. The associated album, ‘A Pocket of Wind Resistance’ was selected as Best Album of 2017 by Songlines Magazine and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards have also shortlisted the album for Best Album 2018 and Karine for Folk Singer Of The Year.

This special event is arranged by Sally Magnusson and Ricky to raise awareness of the impact meaningful music can have for people with dementia, and organised in support of the charity Playlist for Life and the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Dementia Prevention.

Prof Craig Ritchie, of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Dementia Prevention, said: “We are delighted that Karine is able to join us for this very special event. We hope the concert will help to raise awareness of the immense power that music holds, and how effective it can be in helping people with dementia to reconnect with themselves and their loved ones.”

The photograph of Karine Polwart is by Sandy Butler.