Kim Edgar

Kim Edgar


Kim performing 'Red' -

Kim performing 1,2,3,4,5 solo live in Rottenmann, Austria -

Kim Edgar performs “Just Outside Your Door” live at The Lot, Edinburgh with Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart, Mattie Foulds and Tom Lyne -   


Scottish born and based singer-songwriter Kim Edgar is described as "an already refined new Scottish talent". Accomplished on both guitar and piano, she has what many have described as an engaging and compelling voice into the bargain.

Kim's eagerly anticipated debut album, Butterflies and Broken Glass, was released in 2008 to a significant amount of critical acclaim, receiving extensive airplay and a coveted Album Of The Week slot (twice no less!) on BBC Radio Scotland and a five star review in Scotland On Sunday - while it then went on to earn Kim a place in BBC Radio 2's 'New Songwriters Academy' 2008.

Produced by Mattie Foulds, the album features Karine Polwart and her band, alongside musicians including Mairi Campbell (The Cast) and Greg Lawson (Moishe's Bagel, Mr McFall's Chamber).

During 2006 Kim took part in a week-long 'Burnsong Songhouse' songwriting retreat, collaborating with a range of artists: Chris Difford (Squeeze), Emma Pollock (Delgados), King Creosote, MC Soom T, Future Pilot AKA, Michael Johnston and Karine Polwart. Subsequently, Karine performed their collaboration, "1, 2, 3, 4, 5" as a duet with Paolo Nutini, and then invited Kim to record this track with her, and also to create and record piano arrangements of two Scots ballads for her traditional album, The Fairest Floo'er.

In May 2008, the 'Songhouse' collaborators (minus Chris Difford and supplemented by Mattie Foulds on drums) undertook a TuneUp Tour of Scotland and the north of England, and formed a collective called 'The Burns Unit' whose debut album, Side Show, was released in 2010. The collective (including Kim of course) went on to appear on Jools Holland's BBC 2 programme 'Later with Jools Holland'.

Kim has performed with and been the guest of Karine Polwart, David Ferrard and Dean Owens on tour within the UK, and has performed at North American Folk Alliance, Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Greenbelt Festival and Wickham Festival, while she has also shared the stage with the likes of Kate Rusby, Capercaillie, Luka Bloom, Kris Drever, Emma Pollock and Julie Fowlis to name but a few. She has also already performed in a range of high profile UK venues including The Roundhouse (London), The Queens Hall (Edinburgh), The Sage (Newcastle) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

A warm and engaging live performer who "positively smoulders" on stage, Kim's songs combine compelling narratives and strong, piano-led melodies, indicative of her degree in English Language & Literature, experience as a children's writer and her classical piano training.

Described as "strangely uplifting, despite the well-phrased, sombre lyrics" and "a comfort blanket for the disillusioned soul" (the Big Issue) Kim's songs capture distilled emotions, which increasingly wide audiences across the UK, and beyond, are identifying with and responding to.

Kim continues to attract five-star reviews for both her recorded and live work, while her new album 'The Ornate Lie' will be released in April 2012.


“Edgar's original songs are often very moving, literate, allusive and expressively sung - and destined to travel far beyond their Scottish genesis.” ***** Scotland On Sunday

 “A strong solo performer with a gorgeous voice, reminiscent in places of both Eddi Reader and k.d. lang…one example of Edinburgh’s finest mainstream songwriting talent.” The List

 “An inspired empathy...her gentle personality and relaxed interaction would melt the stoniest of artist clearly at the top of her game.” ***** Fringe Review

 "One of Scotland's undiscovered gems” **** Daily Record


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