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