The Southern has two pairs of tickets to watch singer-songwriter star Karine Polwart in action at the Stowed Out Festival next weekend.
While she missed out on the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award in June despite making the final – the winner was Glasgow guitarist and singer RM Hubbert – she remains one of the most popular folk acts in the country, and beyond.
Proof of her success over the border came back in 2005 when she won three awards at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, including Best Album.
Its follow up a year later, Scribbled in Chalk, contained Daisy, a song which won her another BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song in 2007.
A spokesman added: “Her achievements can’t simply be measured in terms of industry acclaim.
“Having studied politics and philosophy at university and later worked in the area of women’s and children’s rights, Polwart has always wanted her music to perform some useful social function.”
Polwart is joined in her trio at Stow next Friday by Jonny Hardie and Rory Campbell from Old Blind Dogs and Up in the Air.
Other entertainment at the new festival includes Meursault on Saturday, August 17. Known offstage as Neil Pennycook, the Edinburgh-based musician also earned a SAY nomination earlier in the year.
Saturday’s schedule also includes a host of local talent, while an art exhibition accompanies the music, including Turner Prize nominee Callum Innes as well as Stow’s own David Cass.
Polwart’s gig kicks off at 7pm and tickets are priced £12 or £7 for under-18s and concessions from www.soundout.org.uk
To win a pair of tickets to see Karine Polwart, answer this question: What is the name of the song which won Polwart a Best Original Song award at the BBC Folk Awards in 2007?
Send your name, full address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Karine Polwart Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by first post on Monday. Usual Southern rules apply.