Karen Matheson


Singles & EPs

About Karen Matheson

Known for her dulcet tone and fluid vocal range, Karen Matheson is a Scottish folk singer who earned her reputation as the frontwoman for popular Celtic group Capercaillie. Her ability to shift nimbly between English and Gaelic helped Matheson stand out in the folk scene and by the late 1990s, she had also launched a successful solo career with her debut album The Dreaming Sea. Guest spots with Canadian folk-rock band Spirit of the West and an appearance in the film Rob Roy helped expand her audience for subsequent releases like 2005's Downriver and 2015's Hebridean tribute, Urram. Both as a solo artist and with Capercaillie, Matheson has maintained a liberal approach to traditional music, frequently infusing it with modern electronic and rock instrumentation. In 2021, she released her long-awaited fifth solo album, Still Time. ~ Tim Monger

Oban, Argyll, Scotland
11 February 1963

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