23 December 1970, Banknock, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Born and raised near the Scottish village of Banknock, singer-songwriter Polwart sang and played guitar as a youngster but had abandoned any notions of a professional music career by the time she started university. She studied philosophy and after graduation worked as a teacher and then a social worker dealing with domestic abuse cases. After moving to Edinburgh in the late 90s Polwart joined a folk song class, sparking a renewed interest in performing. She began appearing live as a solo artist before helping form Malinky in October 1998 with Mark Dunlop, Kit Patterson and Steve Byrne. Three months later the highly-fêted newcomers won the Open Stage at Glasgows Celtic Connections festival, and were signed to Scoland's leading independent folk label, Greentrax Records. Polwart, already lauded as a fine singer, began to grow in confidence as a songwriter during her time with Malinky. Her lament for the...