Thanks for visiting my wee corner of the web. I come from Fair Isle - the gorgeous, wild rock which lies between Orkney and Shetland.
I make music for myself and for other people. I produce shows and records. I sing and play several instruments, some better than others. My main instrument is the piano keyed accordion but I find myself increasingly drawn to the creation and recording of new sounds and the possibilities and parameters of sound manipulation. Much of my work is inspired by our environment and my place in it.
I love collaborations, multi discipline and overseas work. See below for current projects:
Modern Fairies is a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers & researchers to develop an exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world.
The BBC mini series Fair Isle: Living on The Edge earned two Scottish BAFTA nominations last year. The inimitable
Lou Lockwood took the best director : features and factual, and we had an absolute blast! I was involved in the soundtrack for this production.
I have a longstanding relationship with Donna Rutherford, an artist and theatre maker who continually blows me away with her work. Here’s a beautiful, poignant project I was involved in last year
Humans have always looked to the birds. In mythology, they are the carriers of souls, messengers to the gods, our familiars. In ecology, they are our measure, our meter, they mark the seasons…
Produced by Inge, written by Inge and Jenny Sturgeon, this album also features Sarah Hayes and Jason Singh.
Da Fishing Hands
The album of Inge's acclaimed new work Da Fishing Hands, featuring world class musicians - Sarah Hayes, Fraser Fifield, Steven Polwart and Graeme Smillie.
Supported by Creative Scotland's 'Year of Natural Scotland' this album was recorded as a live session in Mareel, Lerwick.
"If I had to categorise this, I'd call it melodic electro-folk"
Shipwrecks and Static
Inge’s first solo venture, Shipwrecks & Static is an eccentric marriage between melodic instruments and the bleeps and squeaks of electronic tomfoolery.
Inge wrote, recorded and produced the bulk of the album and is joined here by the angelic voice of Heidi Talbot, the edgy guitars of Brighton based Tom Cook and a cameo appearance of Martin Green of award winning diddle-superstars Lau.
Crows Bones - Martin Green
"Crows' Bones" is a journey into the real dark side, it's lead track being a cover of Villagers' "I Saw The Dead". Martin Green (from award - winning group Lau) is joined by singers Becky Unthank (The Unthanks) and Inge Thomson & nyckelharpa Niklas Roswall. Production by Portishead's Adrian Utley & Martin Green.
"Songs about ghosts remembering when they were murdered, pregnant widows burying slain knights, and dead souls in back rooms - Crows' Bones reminds us that sorrow, sadness and tragedy have always loomed large in folk-culture"
"Positively revelatory" ***** 5/5 THE SCOTSMAN
Karine Polwart Trio
Sun, Oct 10th, 2021