AWARD winning Stirling born musician Karine Polwart has been named one of the winners of the 30th annual Fletcher of Saltoun awards. 

Organised by the Saltire Society, the honorary award is presented annually to inspiring Scots in recognition of their outstanding contribution to Scotland’s culture and society.

Karine is one of Scotland’s most popular traditional folk artists, and has won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards four times.

She has also won Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, and is known for campaigning on issues including nuclear disarmament, mental health, children’s rights and domestic abuse.

This year's awards ceremony took place at the Saltire Society’s headquarters on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh on Saturday, September 22. 

Commenting on the award, she said: “Thank you to the Saltire Society for this recognition of my work as a musician, writer and performer living in Scotland.

"Everything I make draws breath from a network of creative collaborators, pals and peers. And from the untold stories and hidden histories of others, as well as the overlooked places and messy political and ethical complexities of today’s Scotland.

"So, I accept the award with gratitude for all of that too.” 

Sarah Mason, Saltire Society's programme director, said: "These awards offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the special contribution the recipients have made to Scottish society, be that in the field of science, the arts or public life.

"I would like to congratulate all four of this year’s very deserving winners.”