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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:

 
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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.

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Northern Flyway

A musical, visual experience co created with Jenny Sturgeon exploring human/bird connection.  “Northern Flyway is a rich evocation of wildlife and nature, place and time and Thomson and Sturgeon bring it to fruition with verve, imagination and great musicality” Featuring Jason Singh and Sarah Hayes. Limited live performances in 2021. See gigs below

You can also buy the album here

The wonderful, eccentric supergroup The Poozies invited me to produce their album earlier this year.  It has made it on to the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards album of the year shortlist!

 

You can by the album here

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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.

 

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Bandcamp

I have a new Bandcamp page now, come and take a look here

Hen Hoose

Much of my time over the last year has been spent creating new music as part of this exciting collaboration https://www.henhoose.com 

 

Led by the artist Malka, Hen Hoose paired up writing partners with a view to sync pitching, it was a such a fruitful and positive project.  There will be an album dropping later this year.

I personally collaborated with Amandah Wilkinson from Bossy Love, Malka and Beldina Odenyo

Wild Edges - new commission

In February 2019 Fair Isle’s famous Bird Observatory was completely destroyed by fire.  Devastating for the island. Re-building on such a remote island poses a unique set of challenges, a fundraising campaign is currently in full swing. 

 

I was approached by the Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust to write a body of work celebrating the isle, the birds, the people and Wild Edges is the result.  Featuring Phil Cunningham, Chris Stout, Jenny Sturgeon and a special appearance from Jimmy Stout.  You can buy a digital download here, where all profits go towards the rebuild.

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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

 

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Gigs

Karine Polwart Trio

Sat, Oct 9th, 2021

Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace SW1X , LONDON

Karine Polwart Trio

Sun, Oct 10th, 2021

Liverpool

SOLD OUT

Karine Polwart Trio

Mon, Oct 11th, 2021

Bury Met, Market St BL9 0BW, BURY

Karine Polwart Trio

Tues, Oct 12th, 2021

Town Hall, Victoria Square B3 3DQ, BIRMINGHAM

Karine Polwart Trio

Wed, Oct 13th, 2021

St George's Hall, Great George St, BRISTOL

Karine Polwart Trio

Thurs, Oct 14th, 2021

The Gate, Keppoch Street CF24 3JW, CARDIFF

Karine Polwart Trio

Fri, Oct 15th, 2021

Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, SHREWSBURY

Karine Polwart Trio

Sun, Oct 17th, 2021

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, BURY ST EDMUNDS

 
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Northern Flyway

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"

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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.

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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" 
THE GUARDIAN 

"Positively revelatory" ***** 5/5 THE SCOTSMAN

 
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