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Karen Matheson

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

Karen Matheson 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".


  • Biography 1
  • Solo discography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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]

Solo discography


  1. ^ "Urram (Respect) by Karen Matheson".  

External links

  • Karen Matheson's website
  • BBC report of 2006 honours list, including Matheson's OBE

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