Hello and thank you for visiting my website!


I’ve had a break from everything for the last 2 years due to (amongst other things) severe burnout but the good news is that I’m doing really well, loving living in Orkney, surrounded by a fantastic community and wonderful supportive friends!
The whole journey has made me take more time to plan and start to do what I have longed to do. . .which is mostly about fun and inspiration!

As you can see, I’m hosting my first in-person accordion workshop for ages!!
Hup! Here’s the details:

Fife Accordion Day
Venue: Kingskettle Memorial Hall, Main Street, Kingskettle, Fife KY15 7PN Scotland

Date: Sunday 30th June 2024

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £80

Click here to book.

Places are limited to 12.

And! I’m starting Accordion Zoom workshops again

Now they are virtual and pre-recorded so that you can access them whenever suits you and take them at your own pace.
They cost £25 each.
Payment is by Paypal.

When you purchase a workshop, you will receive:
– pdfs of the tunes
– an hour’s video, working on the repertoire I’ve set. As I am sending you the video, you can also work through this by ear and heart as I will start each workshop by playing the tunes so you know what you are aiming for!

If you would like to follow up on any of the workshops, I teach privately by zoom (although I have limited spaces these days so it’s on a first-come-first-serve basis). Just email me on:
and please put ‘PRIVATE LESSONS’ in the header.

The repertoire for these will be split between revisiting the repertoire myself and Karen Street looked at in lockdown and new material. Plenty to practise there!

I will be joined along the Zoom road by accordion guests and I think it will be great fun!

Regarding standard – these are not for beginners but I would say anyone above grade 3 or up for a challenge would be fine – you can stop and start the video as often as you like!

I'm REALLY excited to announce that MAY MONDAY (myself and Timo Alakotila - pianist/arranger/composer) will be working together this year!

 Woo hoo!

A small tour is planned for September and we will also be visiting Limerick University to guide the huge student ensemble there for a week!! I’ll post up the dates as soon as they are finalised – and we hope to live stream at least one concert (from Orkney) so if we don’t come close to you, you could bring us to your living rooms!

And. . .I’m REALLY delighted to announce that myself and Margaret Robertson (pianist/fiddler/arranger/composer) will be touring in the autumn as well. Woo hoo!
Ditto above re dates 🙂

And. . . Crikey! I’m about to start a summer series of drawing-with-Tweed workshops at Toumal Studio, Orphir. I’m going to look into the zoom possibilities for that too but for the moment it will be in person and in Orkney. So get those notebooks and sketchbooks and felt pens out and get ready to have a right laugh! More detail as I know it. . .

Have a SUPER May Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hup!


Music: ‘Blackbird’ by Kieran Munnelly
Video by Rosemary Wrigley.
Edited by Richard Pitkin.

Karen is delighted to announce
her new CD 
with Margaret Robertson.

‘Island Girls – Beach Daze’ is now available and you can order it on CD or digital download from the shop.



Welcome to my packed website with new CDs, downloads, publications and cartoony T-Shirts….


I am doing illustrative work too, both as part of my own publications and for commissions.


I’m composing and recording with Tom McElvogue, Karen Street and May Monday. Watch this space….

Christmas Cards from Karen and Friends!!!

Eeeeek! Christmas is coming…. so here’s some fun cards to help you smile your way through it – all available in my online shop!

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times.

Here are the videos of the Live Slow Sessions so far – all on Youtube and my own Youtube Channel, so you can play and replay them anytime. Click the playlist icon in the top right of the video thumbnail to see all the videos in the playlist. Do feel free to share these with anyone who would like to see/join in with them:

and email me if you’d like pdfs of the music and I can give you details on how to get them.


Many thanks to Richard and Kirsty Pitkin, Lorraine Carpenter, Joe Pieczenko, Richard Fryer, Mike Nelson, my brother Paul Tweed and sister Lauren Ellis (and her husband Graham) plus Niall Keegan and Sandra Joyce (University of Limerick) whose inspiration and help I value so dearly.

And to all the dear friends along the way without whom I’d forget to laugh and stop a while.

Bless you all 🙂
Karen xxx

A blast from my past

A fun live concert just released on Swedish Radio recorded in 1992 with the Kathryn Tickell Band (Kathryn, myself, Ian Carr and Geoff Lincoln). The music begins at about 1.43

Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila – May Monday

special thanks to Jamie McCoan (video editing) and Carrefour Mondial Festival, Quebec, Canada