Karen is a distinctive singer-songwriter, guitarist and flute player who has been creating spirited modern folk songs for over two decades. After winning a BBC songwriting competition as a student, she began performing in English folk clubs where her small stature and big voice prompted surprise and applause in equal measure. 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 child. Karen’s songs became influenced by her new role as a mother, and in 2003 her second CD ‘Monster’ – a collection of quirky and original songs for children – was released.
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 third 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.