Karen Matheson

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Karen Matheson
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Matheson performing with Capercaillie in 2013
Background information
Birth name Karen Matheson
Born (1963-02-11) 11 February 1963 (age 53)
Origin Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland
Genres Folk music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1980s–present
Associated acts Capercaillie
Website www.karenmatheson.com

Karen Matheson OBE (born 11 February 1963) is a Scottish folk singer, who frequently sings in Scottish Gaelic. She is lead singer of the group Capercaillie and was a member of Dan Ar Braz's group L'Héritage des Celtes, with whom she often sang lead vocals, either alone or jointly with Elaine Morgan. She and Morgan received much acclaim for their joint lead vocal on the Breton language song "Diwanit Bugale", the French entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 1996. She made a cameo appearance in the 1995 movie Rob Roy singing the song "Ailein duinn".


She grew up in the small village of Taynuilt in the region of Argyll, western Scotland.

She was awarded an OBE in the 2006 New Year's honours list.

Matheson also appeared as a guest musician on Spirit of the West's 1997 album Weights and Measures.

Matheson performed a solo in Secret Garden's song "Prayer" in the 1999 album Dawn of a New Century.

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.[1] In support of the new album, Karen Matheson is due to perform 7 shows in Scotland in December 2015 and January 2016,[nb 1][2][3][4] one show in January in Dublin, Ireland[nb 2][3] and 5 shows in the UK in February 2016 (as part of the Transatlantic Sessions).[nb 3]

Karen Matheson is also due to perform a solo show back in Scotland in Spring 2016.[nb 4]

Solo discography[edit]


  1. ^ 7 Karen Matheson shows in December 2015 and January 2016: in Edinburgh on 18 & 19 December 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),[2] in Aberdeen on 21 December at the Aberdeen Music Hall (as part of the Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook),[2] in Glasgow on 22 December at the City Halls (as part of the Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook), on 29 & 31 January at the Royal Concert Hall (as part of the Transatlantic Sessions at Celtic Connections), on 30 January at the City Halls (with Nolwenn Leroy as part of Celtic Connections).
  2. ^ Karen Matheson show in Dublin, Ireland in January 2016: on 27 January at St Patrick's Cathedral during Tradfest 2016 along with Pauline Scanlon and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh on the occasion of a celebration of the life, music and legacy of the seminal Irish singer Eithne Ní Uallacháin.
  3. ^ 5 Karen Matheson shows in the UK in February 2016: on 1 February in London (at the Royal Festival Hall), on 2 February in Birmingham (at the Symphony Hall), on 3 February in Gateshead (at The Sage Gateshead), on 4 February in Manchester (at Bridgewater Hall), on 5 February in Derry (at Millennium Forum Theatre).[2]
  4. ^ Karen Matheson show in Perth, Scotland in April 2016: on 15 April at Horsecross Theatre & Concert Hall, along with famous Irish Celtic band Altan, as part of The Celtic Sessions 2016.[2]


  1. ^ "Urram (Respect) by Karen Matheson". Vertical Records / verticalrecords.co.uk. 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "5 Karen Matheson Tour Dates". ents24.com. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Karen Matheson – Tour Dates 2015". bandsintown.com. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Live". karenmatheson.com. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 

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