Karen Matheson

Genres: Folk World
Decades: 1990s 2000s


11 February 1963, Oban, Argyll, Scotland. Raised in the tiny village of Taynuilt in Argyll, Matheson was tutored in the art of Gaelic song from an early age and began her performing career in local ceilidhs. She was still a student when she joined Capercaillie and helped record their 1984 debut Cascade. The band’s treatment of traditional and Gaelic music from the West Highlands of Scotland was given added allure by Matheson’s striking voice, but by the start of the following decade, they had begun to broaden their appeal beyond their traditional fanbase with a series of increasingly rock-orientated albums.

During this period, Matheson collaborated with French guitarist Dan Ar Braz on his world music project L’Héritage Des Celtes. She also appeared alongside Ar Braz and Elaine Morgan at the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway, performing the French entry ‘Que Naisaant Les Enfants’. Her first solo...

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