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A weave of words and music

Welcome to Scotland Unwrapped, the 16th edition of our award-winning year-long series. Celebrating Scottish music and spoken word culture, the series will highlight both its traditional and regional riches but also explore the diverse contemporary scene and the writers and composers which give Scotland its distinctive voice. As well as covering a wide range of musical genres from cutting-edge contemporary composers, folk musicians and Scottish classical ensembles, Scotland Unwrapped also embraces the heady literary scene and wealth of Scottish festivals.

Scotland Unwrapped features Artist in Residence Karine Polwart and Guest Curators Aidan O’Rourke and Jackie Kay.

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LVRA

Contemporary / Scotland Unwrapped

Crystallising a sound that’s both anthemic and experimental, hyperpop artist LVRA presents an exclusive in-the-round show using d&b audiotechnik’s 360 Soundscape system.

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Blazin' Fiddles

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Encompassing a rare and virtuosic selection of the fiddle’s diverse Highland and island voices, with ensemble and solo-led sets both backed by powerhouse guitar and piano, the Blazin’ Fiddles pack all the power, passion and sensitivity of Scotland’s traditional music into a single show.

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ORA Singers: 1603 The Union of Crowns

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

The elite ORA Singers make their Kings Place debut with a programme celebrating the union between Scotland and England in 1603.

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Cryptic Presents: Ela Orleans + Lucy Duncombe & Feronia Wennborg

Contemporary / Scotland Unwrapped

An Artistic Associate of Kings Place since 2018, Glasgow’s internationally-renowned Cryptic celebrates their 30th birthday with a spectacular selection of audiovisual delights.

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Lord Of The Isles & Ellen Renton

Contemporary / Scotland Unwrapped

We are excited to present the quietly sublime, contemplative collaboration between acclaimed producer Lord of the Isles, and Scottish Poet Ellen Renton.

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Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, legendary Scottish folk duo Aly and Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description.

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Lord Of The Isles & Ellen Renton

Contemporary / Scotland Unwrapped

We are excited to present the quietly sublime, contemplative collaboration between acclaimed producer Lord of the Isles, and Scottish Poet Ellen Renton.

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Hannah Rarity

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Award-winning Scottish singer, Hannah Rarity, has made a lasting impression since being warmly embraced by the folk world, winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year (2018) and recording and touring with top acts.

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Ímar

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

After a sell-out show in Hall One in 2022, Kings Place welcomes back Glasgow-based BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Ímar - the city’s hottest folk property – as part of its Scotland Unwrapped series.

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Lotte Betts-Dean with Stuart MacRae and Sequoia

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

A debut live performance of Stuart MacRae’s acclaimed new Delphian Records album 'Earth, thy cold is keen', featuring mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean and string duo Sequoia. Weaving together Scottish folk, medieval and modern influences with texts from the

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Alasdair Roberts

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Acclaimed Scottish musician Alasdair Roberts returns to Kings Place as part of Scotland Unwrapped marking the publication of his book Library of Aethers: Selected Lyrics 1994-2023.

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The Larky Lad with Nicky Spence

Classical / Scotland Unwrapped

An evening of heart-stopping lament and high comedy devised by Scotland's proudest offspring, tenor Nicky Spence, joined by soprano Eleanor Dennis and collaborative pianist Dylan Perez.

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Lau: Unplugged

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Beloved folk trio Lau present their Unplugged show as part of Scotland Unwrapped, in which they return to their instruments' natural soundscapes for an evening's exploration of re-arranged and re-created material from across their catalogue.

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Aurora Orchestra with Robyn Stapleton and Sam Amidon: Outlanders

Classical / Aurora Orchestra

Travel with Aurora from Scotland to the shores of north America, alongside folk singer Sam Amidon.

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Jackie Kay

Words / Scotland Unwrapped

May Day is the long-awaited new collection from Jackie Kay, former Makar of Scotland and Guest Curator for Scotland Unwrapped.

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Journeyman - The Art of Steve Dilworth

Words / Scotland Unwrapped

A special event celebrating the Hebridean-based sculptor Steve Dilworth, coinciding with his solo exhibition at Pangolin London, with contributions from his biographer, Georgina Coburn, and a screening of portrait film Stuff the World is Made.

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Chris Stout & Catriona McKay — Glenshee

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

‘Best Duo’ award-winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018, violinist Chris Stout and harpist Catriona McKay return to Kings Place as part of Scotland Unwrapped.

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Megan Henderson Trio

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of their Glasgow base.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Kings Place welcomes Fraser and Haas to their Scotland Unwrapped programme, a fiddle and cello duo who blend a profound understanding of the Scottish folk tradition with cutting-edge string explorations.

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Julie Fowlis + Westward the Light

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

Hailing from the Outer Hebrides and now based in the Highlands, singer Julie Fowlis, perhaps best known for her work with the Disney Pixar movie Brave, is widely heralded for championing traditional Gaelic.

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John McCusker & Friends

Folk / Scotland Unwrapped

John McCusker, Scotland’s foremost fiddle player, gathers a who’s who of singer songwriters and traditional musicians at Kings Place for one night only, as part of Scotland Unwrapped.

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Evelyn Glennie and Trio HLK

Jazz / Scotland Unwrapped

Join Evelyn Glennie and Trio HLK in Hall One as they showcase their enthralling new album Anthropometricks.

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The Storm Watchers

Film / Scotland Unwrapped

Join us in St Pancras Room to watch a powerful and meaningful film inspired by Orcadian poet George Mackay Brown's piece The Storm Watchers.

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