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10th Jan 2012

Songwriting Festival 2012 Announced - 12 - 17 August 2012

BURNSONG is delighted to announce that the UK Songwriting Festival 2012 will run from August 12th (evening) to August 17th 2012, and will be presented in partnership with our partners at Bath Spa University; it is supported by Creative Scotland. The venue will be the wonderfully secluded Shennanton House in Galloway. Our choice of venue is deliberately rural – so for a whole week you’ll have nothing to do except write, rehearse, record and perform songs with the support of tutors and fellow songwriters.

Bookings open late January 2012 and prices will be modest BUT places are extremely limited – so early booking via the UK Songwriting website at http://www.uksongwritingfestival.com is essential.

Confirmed tutors include:







5th May 2011

The Burns Unit on Later with Jools Holland!

The Burns Unit  - a band which grew out of the Burnsong Songhouse 2006, featuring Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock, MC Soom T, Kim Edgar, King Creosote, Future Pilot AKA, Michael Johnston and Mattie Foulds - has been invited to perform on the mighty  "Later With Jools Holland"  show which airs on BBC 2! 


The band rehearse in the studio on Monday 16th May,  and perform in a half-hour live show on Tuesday 17th May (10 pm), as well as recording a show which will be aired on Friday 20th May at 11.35 pm.


For more information check out www.theburnsunitband.com 






28th Mar 2011

Burnsong Under 25s Songwriting Competition Winners Announced!

After much deliberation, the panel of music industry experts selected the following winners from the 313 entries submitted:

The Face In The Mirror - Kirsty Grace
Box Of Thread - Gillian Christie
Everything We Knew - Smoothiesforme

The winners will be awarded a prize of the opportunity to record a demo with acclaimed producer, Mattie Foulds at his new studio, Mobile With A Home. Congratulations!




25th Jan 2011

Enter the Burnsong Songwriting Competition for under 25s here!

The songwriting competition for Scottish young people aged 25 and under is now open! For more details, and to submit up to three entries of original music in any genre, click HERE.

ADVICE ON THE ENTRY PROCESS:

When you click HERE above, you will be taken to SonicBids, where you need to create an electronic press kit (EPK), which gives us your contact details and allows you to upload your song - in MP3 format only. If you're not familiar with SonicBids, to do this:

1) Click on the big red ACTIVATE AND SUBMIT button (right hand side of the screen).
2) Enter your email address and click GO.
3) You will then be instructed to go to your email account and follow the instructions on the SonicBids email which will verify your details and take you back to your SonicBids registration.
4) Create a Username and Password for your SonicBids account. 
5) In your SonicBids account, go to EDIT MY EPK.
6) In BASIC INFO, add your name, contact details, genre of music and any myspace/website info. 
7) In CONTENT, go to MUSIC, ADD A SONG, select your song from your computer and click SAVE SONG to upload it. All done!

The competition closes on 28th February and after the anonymous entries are judged by a panel of music industry experts, three winning songwriters will be announced in March via the Burnsong website, www.burnsong.org

They will then work in collaboration with Mattie Foulds to plan, record, mix and master their first professional recordings at the fantastic new studio, Mobile With A Home.

For full details, click on the 12th January 2011 news article. 





12th Jan 2011

Burnsong launches Songwriting Competition for under 25s

Burnsong, in partnership with Mattie Foulds’ Mobile With A Home (producer/drummer for the acclaimed collective, The Burns Unit) today offers a brand new opportunity for young up and coming Scottish songwriters to record their first demo, working with industry professionals in this fantastic new recording studio. 


The Burns Unit's debut album, Side Show, garnered glowing reviews upon its release in August 2010, with live performances taking Cambridge Folk Festival by storm, and has subsequently been nominated as one of the albums of 2010 by a number of sources including Ian Rankin, Vic Galloway and Spiral Earth.


Produced by Mattie Foulds, the album grew out of The Burnsong Songhouse 2006, a songwriting retreat for professional songwriters. On the first date of The Burns Unit's 2011 tour, Sunday 16th January, at their Celtic Connections gig in the Old Fruitmarket, Mattie will announce the opening of this great opportunity to follow in the band's footsteps.  


"I'm delighted to be supporting three young Scottish songwriters in taking their first steps into the music industry by recording a high quality demo in my new recording studio, Mobile With  A Home".


The anonymous competition entries will be judged by fellow Burns Unit members, Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock (Delgados), Michael Johnston and Kim Edgar, and a panel of music industry experts including Scottish songwriter and lecturer David Scott (Pearlfishers, BMX Bandits) and music industry consultant Ronnie Gurr. With funding support from Creative Scotland, the winning songwriters will then work in collaboration with Mattie Foulds to plan, record, mix and master their first professional recordings, which will help them to progress in their music careers.  


To enter the competition, which opens at 5 pm on Burns Night, 25th January 2011, young people aged 25 and below should return here to www.burnsong.org where they can follow instructions to upload up to three entry songs, of any genre, for consideration by the panel of judges. 


The competition will close on 28th February 2011 and winners will be announced via the Burnsong website in March. 


For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact Mattie Foulds on mattiefoulds@mac.com , or visit:


www.burnsong.org

www.theburnsunitband.com





22nd Nov 2010

Burnsong Live at The Scottish Parliament, 27/11/10

BURNSONG LIVE - A SAINT ANDREW'S CELEBRATION IN THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT


Burnsong returns to the Parliament on Saturday 27th November to tell its own story through the music it has helped create over the last five years.

Curated by past residents of the Burnsong Songhouse Kim Edgar and Davie Scott, the event will look at song, time, place and environment through performance and chat, exploring the art of the songwriter and the concept of the charmed circle – a space where creation becomes possible / inevitable.

Songwriters Emma Pollock, David Ferrard, Jo Mango, Riley Briggs, Fiona J Mackenzie and Alex Hodgson will join Kim and Davie to talk and sing about their own experiences in the Burnsong Songhouse and the journeys taken by the songs they created during their stay. And because they’re songwriters and because music is about community and because the Parliament is itself a charmed circle it is likely that all eight will join in, sing along and raise the roof.

Doors will open at 5.30pm for 6 pm start and there will be an early evening reception, from 7.30pm, for performers and audience members.

This event is free but places are limited so to avoid disappointment booking is advised. To book a place please contact:

Email:            sp.bookings@scottish.parliament.uk
Telephone:    0131 348 5200
Textphone:    0800 092 7600





22nd Dec 2009

Folk Alliance 2010

Our International partners 'Folk Alliance' have announced details of 2010's International Conference:
The 22nd Annual Folk Alliance International Conference promises four days/evenings of worthwhile industry workshops, panels, exhibits, showcases, outreach concerts, etc. for members of the international music community. The event provides a networking opportunity for those in the industry to work hard and enjoy themselves while doing so.

More details on Folk Alliance 2010 here
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6th Nov 2009

Burnsong Songwriting Workshop Date Announced

21st Nov 2009 @ Creation Studios, Glasgow

The Burnsong Songwriting Workshop is a great chance to get some feedback and input on your songs from professional songwriters and musicians, in the surroundings of Creation’s brand new studios.

The day will feature a mixture of practical writing exercises, co-writing exercises and a short forum on practical elements of songwriting and the music industry. The day will finish up with a song sharing exercise and a chance to attend the Burnsong secret gig downstairs in an intimate Merchant City venue, with two previous housemates from Burnsong Songhouse.

To apply for a free ticket to both the workshop and secret gig, please email info@burnsong.org

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis..



27th Oct 2009

Song Contest Winners Announced

Burnsong is delighted to announce the following winners of our International Song Contest.

The 10 finalists of The Burnsong International Song Contest will play a showcase concert in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrew’s Day November 30th as part of the finale celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Homecoming. The finalists will perform their winning songs to an audience of MSP’s and the Scottish public as part of a full day of events at the Scottish Parliament marking St Andrew’s Day. The concert will be hosted by the Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP and presented by Burnsong patron Midge Ure OBE.


The 10 Winners are:

Fiona J Mackenzie
The first Gaelic speaking winner of Burnsong, Fiona J Mackenzie is a native of Morayshire, lives in Dingwall and is well known as a Scottish Gaelic singer and teacher. In 2004 Fiona was nominated and won the BBC Scotland Traditional Music Personality of the year. Well known for pushing the boundaries of Gaelic song, she is unafraid of experimenting with styles and genres as well as being passionate about her desire to make the learning of Gaelic language & song as accessible to as many people as possible.
www.fionamackenzie.org

Andy Tucker
Andy Tucker is an Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter. Formerly of The Dead Beat Club Andy is now singing with The Scattered Family - a broad musical collective of musicians from all over Scotland. Over the last few years, Andy has shared a bill with the likes of The Beautiful South, Seasick Steve, Angus & Julia Stone, Ian McNabb, Kim Edgar, Karine Polwart and Martin Stephenson playing everywhere from Portmahomack to New York’s east village.
http://www.myspace.com/thescatteredfamily

Yvonne Lyon
Singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon is among the best and brightest emerging talent currently from Scotland. She has recently received national radio support and is winning over many new fans with her strong, creative melodies, demonstrating a voice that can be both fragile and intense. Yvonne has consistently drawn and stirred crowds across the UK with her emotive performances.
http://www.myspace.com/yvonnelyonmusic

Roberto Cassani
Scots-Italian Roberto Cassani sings his stories with lots of humor and a curious Scottish-Italian accent. Roberto is a in parts bit poet, a bit troubadour, a bit of circus clown. A superb songwriter and a master entertainer, Roberto Cassani is cheering up audiences nationally and internationally, as well as getting radio play and featuring in some of the most prestigious festivals around.
http://www.myspace.com/robertocassanimusic

Alex Hodgeson
A previous Burnsong winner in 2005, Alex has gone on to perform as far afield as South Africa and Malaysia. He also regularly performs at cultural events around Scotland. Alex Hodgson lives in Prestonpans with his wife Isobelle and two children. By day, Alex is a technician at Preston Lodge High School.
http://www.myspace.com/songwriteralexhodgson

Nuala Kennedy and Ziggy Campbell
Nuala and Ziggy met in the Burnsong Songhouse in Nov 2007.  They immediately struck up an affinity and wrote several tunes together during their tenure. This year they have played incendiary sets at the Edinburgh Art Festival and at the Big Tent Festival in Fife. Nuala also accompanied Ziggy in a sell out performance playing alongside his latest BAFTA nominated sound installation, Cybraphon. Both have their own busy gigging schedule with their own acts but continue to write and play together.
http://www.myspace.com/nualakennedy    http://www.myspace.com/ziggycampbell

Lisa Rigby
Lisa was born in England in 1974 and moved to Scotland when she was 8 years old. With family roots that are an Afro-Caribbean-Celtic, she describes herself as “ A Scot of the world!” Lisa is currently part of Edinburgh band Townhouse, that was picked as a finalist of Radio Forth's Forth One to Watch competition this year. Lisa was also a previous Burnsong finalist in 2007.
http://www.myspace.com/lisa_rigby

Marie Claire Lee
Glasgow based songwriter Marie Claire Lee has supported among others the likes of Mercury prizewinner Julie Feeney, world-renowned Ojos de Brujo and, more recently, rising stars Mr Kil.  Marie Claire currently plays with The Lotus Project and Engine7. Recent gigs include The Edinburgh Fringe Festival Mannifest Festival (Isle of Man) and a live session on BBC Scotland Radio Vic Galloway Late Live show.
http://www.myspace.com/marieclairelee

A.J Roach
A. J. Roach was raised Scott County, Virginia. The relentless touring and recording schedule that A. J. has kept since 2003 has paid off. In 2004, he was the General Category recipient of the Chris Austin Songwriting Award at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. In 2006 his sophomore full-length album reached the number 1 spot on the Euro-Americana Music Chart. In 2007 his song, 'Black Lung' was included on a compilation album that was thrice nominated for Grammy Awards by the Recording Academy, and in 2009 A. J. was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. A. J. currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he is working on his third full-length album.
http://www.myspace.com/ajroach

Emily Elbert
Emily Elbert joins Anthony as another of the first winners of the Burnsong International Song Contest. Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor and oldies radio, 20 -year old Emily has a passionate, self-taught approach to her song writing. Emily has toured extensively throughout the United States, opening for artists ranging from G. Love & Special Sauce to Richie Havens. She is currently a student of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
http://www.myspace.com/emilyelbert

More information regarding the public tickets will be announced soon.





26th Aug 2009

Burnsong at the Scottish Parliament

Burnsong is delighted to announce, the 10 finalists of The Burnsong International Song Contest will play a showcase concert in the Scottish Parliament on St Andrews Day November 30th as part of the finale celebrations for Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

The finalists will perform their winning songs to an audience of MSPs and the Scottish public as part of a full day of events at the Scottish Parliament marking St Andrew’s Day. The concert will be hosted by the Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP and presented by Burnsong patron Midge Ure OBE.

More details to follow.

Entries for the competition must be with us by September 13th - for more information contact: gordon@burnsong.org.