Home-grown folk musician who is a rising star
This article is from 2009.
A fixture on the Edinburgh folk and acoustic scene for some time now, Kim Edgar received her big break when she won the chance to participate in the Burnsong ‘Songhouse’ retreat in 2006 alongside established songwriters like Emma Pollock, King Creosote and Squeeze’s Chris Difford. Participating in the Scottish tour that followed, Edgar is also part of The Burns Unit – the Scots ‘supergroup’ which emerged from these extended sessions – and has collaborated further with individuals whom she met during this time.
Notably, Edgar and Karine Polwart have contributed significantly to each others’ albums (Edgar’s Butterflies and Broken Glass was released to welcoming reviews in 2008), while Polwart recorded their co-written ‘1,2,3,4,5’ as a duet with Paolo Nutini. In her own right, Edgar is also a strong solo performer with a gorgeous voice, reminiscent in places of both Eddi Reader and KD Lang. Visitors to the city are advised to check her out as one example of Edinburgh’s finest mainstream songwriting talent.
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