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Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart (born 1971) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. She writes and performs music with a strong folk and roots feel, and her songs cover a wide area, from alcoholism to genocide. Despite winning the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer at the BBC Folk Awards 2005, Karine Polwart is no newcomer to the folk world, having previously been a member of Malinky and Battlefield Band. Her solo career is new, and it is for this that she has been particularly recognised.

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The Japanese War Effort

The Japanese War Effort is a one man ambient pop band, based in the city of Edinburgh. Martin Moog combines the folk/electronic sounds of Four Tet with the poignant Scotticisms of Ivor Cutler in dextrous compositions, layered in stuttering hip hop rhythms and imperfect takes, bridging the gap between pop song sensibilities and a love of the abstract.

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John Sinclair

There are multiple artists with this name: 1) John Sinclair (born October 2, 1941 in Flint, Michigan, United States) is a Detroit poet, one-time manager of the band MC5, and leader of the White Panther Party from November 1968 to July 1969. He was jailed in 1969 after giving two joints of marijuana to an undercover narcotics officer. His case received international attention when John Lennon performed at a benefit concert on his behalf in 1971.

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Maeve MacKinnon

Maeve Mackinnon is tipped as one of Scotland's leading young folk singers. An Honours graduate of the RSAMD's Scottish Music degree, her singing really started to come into its own prior to finalising for the BBC Radio Scotland "Young Traditional Musician 2005" award. Born into a political family, Maeve spent most of her infancy learning to walk and talk on peace marches in the 1980s, and remembers Dick Gaughan as being the first live singer she ever heard, and a major musical influence.

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Nick Keir

Nick Keir is an Edinburgh folk singer, and is well known on the folk scene - his music is well loved by people in the know. He is well worth looking into.
Nick began his career with the now-legendary Folk/Rock band "Finn mac Cuill" and worked with 7;84 Theatre Company befor joining The McCalmans. After Dec 2010 he'll be working solo, in a duo with Stephen Quigg and continuing his association with The Tolkien Ensemble, touring Europe with them in a huge Stage show, narrated by Christopher Lee

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Yikkity

Yikkity hail from the East Coast of Scotland. They play an 80's style of electronic music, but with a modern twist. Cameron, John and YiGa were all raised in Forfar, Scotland and attended the same school. Shortly after they left Forfar Academy, the boys formed a band. The Funky Gnome record label was established in 2005 to promote Yikkity. The debut album "Overlooked and Undercooked" was released on 1st December 2008.

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Emma Curran

Emma Curran is a female singer who was born in 1988. In 2007, Emma Curran went to New York on holiday, primarily to see Snow Patrol in Madison Square Gardens Theatre but also to take a huge piece of cardboard with quite a message on it for the added extra! This read: - 'Flew from Glasgow, now I'm skint you're so worth it'. Gary Lightbody saw this and plucked Emma from a passionate crowd to sing the female vocal on the phenomenal 'Set Fire To The Third Bar' which was sung on record by the exquisite Martha Wainwright.

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Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish folk musician. He released a number of albums under the name Appendix Out, and following the 2001 album The Night is Advancing, under his own name. Roberts was born in Swabia, Germany, to a German mother and Scottish father, though was raised in Kilmahog, a hamlet close to the small town of Callander, near Stirling in central Scotland. where he started playing the guitar and writing music.

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