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14th May 2016


With special guests Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan
Buccleuch & Queensberry Hotel
Saturday 21st May 2.00 - 4.00pm
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, Music Beats

1st Mar 2016

Thornhill Music Festival Introducing Sage

Would you like to play at Scotland's best free festival.? Are you aged between 6 and 18 years old? New 'INTRODUCING ACOUSTIC STAGE' - Sunday 1st May 2.00pm - 4.00pm at Thomas Tosh 19 East Morton Street Thornhill DG3 5LZ  Message us on our Facebook Page with links to you & your music.

24th Dec 2015

Christmas and New Year Concert

Burnsong Young Songwriters
The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel
Tuesday 29th December 2015 – 2.00PM - 4.00pm
Tickets - Adults £5.00, 16 & under £2.50 – Phone 01848 323101

25th Apr 2015

Music Beats Events

Music Beats

Young singers, songwriters, musicians and bands are invited to take part in a specially commissioned workshop and live gigs on Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 24th May respectively.
Music Beats
The live gigs and workshops will take place at:
Dumfries on Saturday 23rd May at The Venue Night Club, 6-7 Church Place, Dumfries DG1 1BW
Sanquhar on Sunday 24th May at A 'the Airts, 8-12 High Street Sanquhar, DG4 6BL
All participants in the workshops will perform at the live giigs.
The free workshops will showcase how to build a professional and effective promotional kit; develop creative abilities; and increase knowledge of the music business.
Each workshop will also provide a rare opportunity for musicians to pitch a new song to the Smart Indie record label and if successful take part in a commercial project.
Tickets are available from:

Ticket Office, Midsteeple, Dumfries – Phone 01387 253383


Booking fees apply

18th Mar 2015

Dumb Ways To Think - Press Statement

Press Statement


Scotland’s songwriting promotion and development body Burnsong are proud to present the completed animated feature for the winning song ‘Dumb Ways To Think’

Burnsong, would like to thank all of the songwriters and bands who entered the competition and through their efforts helping to highlight and tackle sectarian beliefs.

Thanks also to all of the organisations and groups, including the Scottish Government, VAF, S.W Scotland Sectarian Project, SCVS, SmartIndie and EM Records for their support in bringing this project to fruition.

13th Mar 2015

Children from Inverclyde perform on Dumb Ways To Think

Inverclyde young people sing on the competition-winning anti-sectarianism song called 'Dumb Ways To Think'

The young people were taking part in a project run by Scottish Youth Theatre and Gie’s Peace in Inverclyde and through this sang on the winning song called 'Dumb Ways To Think' 

Thank you to the Gie's Peace Drama Group and all of the children who contributed on the song:
Sarah Brolly, Anna Brolly, Ruth Calderwood, Emma Gallacher, Sarah Gallacher, Ross Gillan, Jennifer Gray, Erin Keenan, Shari Keenan, Michaela Kier, Robyn Lang, Eva Mconnachie, Chloe Mclumpha, Naimh Mitchell, Eilidh Morrison, Holly O’Donnell, Megan Quinn, Ava Quigg, Savannah Robb, Jessica Robertson, Jay Robertson, Charlotte Smith, Chole Temporal

Dumb Ways To Think - words & music Ewan Manson, Music Producer & Arranger - Robert Maitland

Animator - Jamie Ferns

Recorded at Skylight Productions and The Shed O' Dreams by Robert Maitland & Chris Lord

Burnsong Productions

Vocals - Ewan Manson

Backing Vocals - Gie's Peace & Scottish Youth Theatre drama group Inverclyde.

Guitars - Robert Maitland

Bass - Chris Blanden

Drums - Gordy Turner

7th Mar 2015

Dumb Ways To Think - Animated Feature

The 'Dumb Ways To Think' project was created following a Scottish Government initiative to tackle sectarianism.
Following the 'Dumb Ways To Think' national songwriting competition, an animated feature was commissioned by Burnsong to accompany the winning song by Ewan Manson.
The song and animation is targeted at 5 - 14 year olds and highlights through humour discredited beliefs. Initially in a general form and then specifically tackling sectarianism and its negative influence on Scottish society.  Click here to view the video

                                     Dumb Ways To Think

1st Dec 2014

Runner-up for the 'Dumb Ways To Think' competition

Congratulations to Lorna-Jane Gracie for her entry 'Colours' in the 'Dumb Ways To Think' song writing competition. You can listen to her lovely song by clicking here

3rd Nov 2014

Winning entry for 'Dumb Ways To Think' Songwriting Competition

Congratulations to Ewan Manson for writing the winning song for the 'Dumb Ways To Think' songwriting competition. His song, also called 'Dumb Ways To Think' was chosen from entries across the UK and beyond.
Burnsong would like to thank all of the songwriters who took part in the competition and commend them on the high quality of their songs.
Ewan's song will now be professionally arranged and recorded prior to Ewan going into the studio to record his vocal.
To listen to the demo version click here:

5th Oct 2014

'Dumb Ways To Think' songwriting competition closed to entries

The Gathering 2014 – Songwriting Competition - Latest News

‘Dumb Ways To Think’ challenge sectarianism, songwriting competition is now closed to entries.

The winning entry will be announced on Saturday 1st November 2014.

Click here to listen to some of the entries