Preview: Band of Burns @ Union Chapel (London; Thursday 23rd January 2020)

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For those that cannae wait for Burns night and want to get their feet tapping to powerful and fast-paced folk, this is the warmup you have been looking for, in one of North London’s most beautiful venues.

What better way to warm up for Burns Night than with the masters of Scottish folk and trad music, Band of Burns. Attempting to free Burns poetry from the stigma of traditional and old-fashionedness, the supergroup contains members from across the British Isles, Ireland and Turkey. They are likely to play an extensive repertoire of Burns poetry, put to Celtic folk, with sing-along classics scattered through the set.

A meeting of era’s, you can expect a performance and tender portrayal of the great poet. Is there a better way to warm up your voices and ears before Burns Night than a show dedicated to its namesake?

The Union Chapel, although not the most obvious venue to see a lively trad band, will allow for the ultimate viewing experience, despite only restricting attendees to foot tapping. With the potential for an expansive light show and dramatic staging, the 12 band members have already produced a live venue from the Union Chapel so have a good idea what it possible.

Likely to be led by the stunning vocals of Rioghnach Connolly, who is supported by viola’s, violins, pipes, a bodhran and many other instruments, the band has a huge stage presence and focus on entertaining their audience. After bringing out Thread in October 2019, the band have a wider selection of music to perform, but hopefully, they don’t spread too far away from some of their classics taken from across the folk and trad scene.

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