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Matheson performing with Capercaillie in 2013
|Birth name||Karen Matheson|
|Born||11 February 1963|
|Origin||Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland|
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 was appointed an OBE in the 2006 New Year's honours list.
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 is due to perform 7 shows in Scotland in December 2015 and January 2016[nb 1], one show in January in Dublin, Ireland[nb 2] and 5 shows in the UK in February 2016 (as part of the Transatlantic Sessions)[nb 3].
On her official web site, Karen Matheson announced in March 2016 that she would embark on a 9-date Spring 2016 UK tour, visiting mainly Scotland, starting on 15 April 2016 in Perth, Scotland and ending on 18 June 2016 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, United Kingdom[nb 4].
Before performing two shows on 26 & 28 August 2016 at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Karen Matheson announced on 1 July 2016 that she is due to perform one show on 19 July 2016 at Ionad Cois Locha, Dún Lúiche, Ireland, together with long-time friends and music partners Donald Shaw and Manus Lunny (both from Capercaillie), during the Trad Trathnona ("Trad Afternoon"), County Donegal's Summer of traditional Sessions (to occur each Tuesday in July & August).
- 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), in Aberdeen on 21 December at the Aberdeen Music Hall (as part of the Phil Cunningham's Christmas Songbook), 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).
- 1 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.
- 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).
- 9 Karen Matheson shows in the UK in Spring 2016: on 15 April 2016 at Horsecross Theatre & Concert Hall in Perth, Scotland (along with famous Irish Celtic band Altan, as part of The Celtic Sessions 2016), on 30 April at the KG5 Sports Field in Portree, on 14 May at the Mossfield Stadium in Oban, on 1 June at the Universal Hall in Forres, on 2 June at the Tolbooth in Stirling, on 3 June at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh, on 12 June at the Eden Court in Inverness, on 16 June at the Philarmonic Hall in Liverpool, on 18 June 2016 at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy.
- "Urram (Respect) by Karen Matheson". Vertical Records / verticalrecords.co.uk. 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
- "5 Karen Matheson Tour Dates". ents24.com. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Karen Matheson – Tour Dates 2015". bandsintown.com. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
- "Karen Matheson > Live". karenmatheson.com. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
- "Trad Trathnóna Iúil 19 July Karen Matheson Donald Shaw Manus Lunny". Facebook. June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.