FOLK star Karine Polwart will open this year’s The Land the Light the Locals festival.
Karine, who formerly lived near Walkerburn and in Oxton, is set to release her fifth album next summer and will open the five-day event that includes concerts, sessions and a Hogmanay ceilidh.
It is six years since Karine’s debut record, Faultlines, picked up three BBC Folk Awards, including Best Album.
Two years later, she won the BBC award for Best Original Song for her composition Daisy, and she is now one of Scotland’s biggest folk artists.
She follows up her appearance at the Cross Keys in Denholm on Thursday, December 29 with a visit to Celtic Connections in February.
Earlier in the year, Karine said her songwriting methods and themes have altered since the birth of her two young children.
“I have found myself writing about things that are a lot closer to home,” she said. “I have written a song about an old neighbour and am interested at looking at people who are personal to me.
“I have always had an interest in politics but I didn’t write about wider issues to appeal to more people. It was part of me, observing what was going on in the world.”
Joining Karine on stage will be brother Steven on guitar and multi-instrumentalist Inge Thomson, with support from local favourites the Humble Scribes. The concert is at 8pm, and tickets are £15 from 01450 870664 or online at www.borderevents.com/boxoffice.
The focus for the rest of the festivals switches to Bonchester Bridge on Friday, December 30 for a traditional music session before the popular Hawick Sings concert in the town’s Burns Club.
On Hogmanay another session will be held in Jedburgh’s Royal Hotel.
The Hogmanay ceilidh will follow with the Jock Thomson Band in Denholm Village Hall. As always there is the New Year’s Day walk followed by the Herd’s Supper in Ashkirk Village Hall with John Nichol and Hilary Bell.
For those still standing, an evening session will be hosted by the Fox and Hounds, Denholm.
The final session of The Land The Light The Locals is in Denholm Meet on January 2 before the survivors’ concert with Real Time in Melrose’s George and Abbotsford Hotel.
A full festival ticket costs £55 and they are available from www.thelandthelightthelocals.co.uk