Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Scotland's Women Song

Some of Scotland's most powerful women had come together to sing a couple songs for "From Austerity to Ambition", an event that celebrated strong women, September 13 in Edinburgh. The singing event was thrown together quite last minute, and the result ended up being a ninety-piece all-female choir, led by the incredibly talented Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

Elaine C. Smith, who plays Susan Boyle in the musical I Dreamed a Dream, based on Boyle's life, was in attendance. As were the CEO of Lloyds-TSB Scotland Anita Frew, Assistant Director of CBI Scotland Rona Campbell, the former Lord Advocate (chief legal counsel for the Scottish government) Elish Angiolini (who was the first woman in the position), Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the National Theatre of Scotland Vicky Featherstone, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University Pamela Gillies. Polwart declares in her e-mail update: "And they could sing I tell you!"

Polwart continues, "And whilst I might think to myself – quietly – that perhaps something of a surfeit of ambition and lack of humility and empathy in some quarters might be not be totally unconnected with our current times of austerity - it was nevertheless an inspiring and exhausting day of ideas and calls to action from a quite remarkable group of Scottish and Scotland-based women." Let's hear it for the girls!

Karine Polwart also recently sang in June for the first day of the new session of the Scottish Parliament before Queen Elizabeth II.  And she also notes that after seeing the documentary "You've Been Trumped", she's going to write one or two songs inspired by the documentary that villainizes (rightfully) Donald Trump in his efforts to expand his empire with a golf course, pushing people from their homes in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  October 31st will see the release of her upcoming DVD Here's Where Tomorrow Starts; see a preview below.

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