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Karen is a distinctive singer-songwriter who has been creating spirited modern folk songs for over three decades. After winning a BBC songwriting competition as a student, she began performing in English folk clubs where her carefully crafted folk songs caused people to notice. Moving to Australia in 1995, Karen took her story-songs on the road while living in a caravan and working the fruit harvest trail. Her debut CD ‘A Point on the Map’ (released on Locrian Records under the name Karen Burton) draws heavily on this nomadic period and gained airplay on iconic Aussie radio shows Australia All Over and The Planet.

Throughout the late 1990s Karen was a popular performer on the Australian folk festival circuit. The millennium brought exciting change; a tour of UK festivals, followed by the birth of her first son. Two daughters followed and for a while Karen settled into family life on the Sunshine Coast.

In 2010 Karen’s personal landscape changed again. A major health crisis led to a period of deep reflection, and the seeds of her inspirational second CD ‘Asking questions of your Soul’ were sown. Featuring 14 original songs and the guitar and backing vocals of troubadour Tommy Leonard, it was released in early 2014.

The next few years saw the emergence of a family band, with first son Murray and later daughters Hazel and Roanna turning their talents to music. In 2018 The Calm after the Storm was released featuring Karen with all three children together with guest musicians. The award-winning songs ‘Sweet in the Morning’ and ‘9am on Polling Day’ both form part of this release.

As the family talents continued to grow, 2021 saw the release of Karen’s fourth album Let The Light Back In, featuring the song Wildflower Woman, UK Songwriting Contest finalist and winner of the Alistair Hulett award for songs of social justice.

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Jun 18
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