She is married to fellow Capercaillie member Donald Shaw, and they have a son named Hector and a daughter named Kate.
On 16 October 2015, Karen Matheson released her fourth solo album, Urram, on Vertical Records. In support of the new album, Karen Matheson will perform 7 shows in Scotland in December 2015 and January 2016: 2 shows in Edinburgh, 1 show in Aberdeen and 4 shows in Glasgow.[nb 1]
^7 Karen Matheson shows: in Edinburgh on 18 & 19 December 2015 at The Queen's Hall (as part of the Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook with Phil Cunningham, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, John McCusker, Ian Carr & Kevin McGuire), in Aberdeen on 21 December 2015 at the Aberdeen Music Hall (as part of the Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook), in Glasgow on 22 December 2015 at the City Halls (as part of the Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook), on 29 & 31 January 2016 at the Royal Concert Hall (as part of the Transatlantic Sessions at Celtic Connections), on 30 January 2016 at the City Halls (with Nolwenn Leroy as part of Celtic Connections).