Mary K Burke Creative Page
Hi My name is Mary Kathleen Burke . I am a singer/songwriter /Guitarist /Recording Artist and Radio Presenter .
I am orginally from Ireland and have been based in Scotland for many years . I started of my musical journey at 16 years old singing and playing on The Glasgow Irish Circuit . I went on to become the lead singer of a country band called Nevada till eventually I put my own band together and sang all over the UK country circuit. I took some time out from music for various reasons then was asked to join an Irish Showband . I played with them for 6 months travelling all over Ireland England and Scotland . In 2006 I went back to education and completed an HNC in Musical Performance and promotion this lead to me producing an EP "The long way home " I sent it to Greentrax Scotland's favourite record label for folk musicians . www.greentrax.com They signed me on a 3 year licensing deal to release my Debut album "A song in her heart ". The album recieved worldwide critical acclaim leading to many radio interviews ,Magazine interviews, A tour to Italy etc .
Soon after the album release I was offered a slot presenting my own show on www.celticmusicradio.net . I did do other things in between I programmed two festivals and did run my own webzine for a while .
I have been doing a lot more song writing in the last couple of years and doing gigs some support slots to well known names . I am available as a solo Duo trio and up to a six piece band and willing to tour and travel . I would like to complete another album soon when I meet the right musicians and producer . My set list includes Irish Folk, Scottish Folk Country and some standards . My website can be found at www.marykburke.net some of the recordings here are professionally produced and some are live demos of rehearsals etc . I write and sing from my heart and am very passionate about music .
I welcome any enquiries from agencies Mangers etc to help me bring my music to a wider audience I would also be happy to support a well known name . If you are interested in booking me please contact me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a link to some videos at various gigs taken by audience members I would love to make a couple of professional videos soon .
“ My Scotsman and Thee; this song is the likes of which careers are built upon. Having left Ireland and fallen for a man who will not forsake his home so that she might return to hers, Burke’s song strikes the balance between yearning lament and reflective acceptance. Staggering! Donald Teplyske ”— Donald Teplyske , Roots Music Canada
“ "An inspiring singer with a truly beautiful voice, Mary Burke is making a huge impression on the industry and has a bright and prosperous future ahead of her." Lecturer's Reid Kerr Music Departmnt ”— Reid Kerr College, Reid Kerr Marketing News
"Thank you so much for the album.Ive been playiny tracks from it since it arrived its a superb recording and you are a real star. It will feature regulary on my future playlists "Stan Graham— Stan Graham A taste of Folk, BBC Radio York
“The strings of our hearts vibrated gently as they transport the absolute incredible voice of a true singer and exceptional as Mary Kathleen Burke, a real and true phenomenon, a complete musician, exciting, really great. ”— Antonio , A Boxful of Treasures Folk Club Forli Italy
“ This is an outstanding first album, even if she waited about 30 years to burst on the scene, and I look forward to many more. Nicky Rossiter (Irish Music Magazine) ”— Nicky Rossiter, Irish Music Magazine
“This has to be one of the best debut albums I have heard !- beautiful voice, choice of songs and arrangements. I shall certainly be playing it on my Sunday evening show on Radio Borders. Karin Ingram (Presenter, The Sunday Getherin') ”— Karin Ingram, Radio Borders
“ music is as strong as her vocal ability and she includes Eleanor McEvoy's US hit A Womans Heart here. Donovans Catch The Wind makes it, as does Burns Ae Fond Kiss and various band settings of contemporary compositions among the trad. ( Norman Chalmers , Scotland on Sunday) ”— Norman Charmers, Scotland on Sunday
“ "theres an element of nostalgia that you tend to find only among longtime exiles... something different and charming" (Sarah McQuaid, Evening Herald reviewer) ”— Sarah Mc Quade, Evening Herald
"Album Of The Week" (Celtic Connections Radio, Glasgow) just one week after its release! " Album of the week on BBC Radio Scotland (Ian Anderson Show)— BBC Radio Scotland
"The album arrived yesterday and I am afraid I cant stop listening. Many thanks for this beautiful record" (Bernard Jean, Musiques Sans Frontieres, France)— Bearnard Jean, Musiques Sans Frontieres, France
"Using her strong, passionate voice to good effect" (Spectrum FM Radio, Australia)— Spectrum Radio Australia
“ "I've not heard many like her. Shes a wonderfully gifted performer, and a natural musician with an absolutely gorgeous voice. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that she is going to become a great star." Dr Ian Green (Director Greentrax Scotland ”— Dr Ian Green, Greentrax Recordings
“But Mary Kathleen Burke is singing to a different tune. She stands as an example of how paying your dues - a weary clich�n these days of instant celebrity status - brings its own rewards, but only if you have the talent to accompany the effort. Chris Holmes Author and Journalist”— Chris Holmes, Chris Holmes Author & Journalist
“As Bob Dylan once sang, Things Have Changed, a satire on cynicism and a weary modern update on his hopeful The Times They Are A-Changin. ”— Chris Holmes, Chris Holmes Author & Journalist
Updated: November 1, 2011
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