The Burns Unit + Megson Live at The Stables

Thought I’d give another mention for a gig coming up in a weeks time, 18th January, at The Stables in Wavendon. They are an 8-piece Scottish-Canadian “supergroup” called The Burns Unit whose multi-faceted sound can be described as “indie pop meets carnival rock.”

The Burns Unit features: folk singer Karine Polwart; alt-folk royalty King Creosote and indie queen Emma Pollock plus Indo-Caledonian pop artist Future Pilot AKA; elegant multi-instrumentalist Kim Edgar; drummer/producer Mattie Foulds; energetic piano-man Michael Johnston (both from Canada) and virtuosic rapper MC Soom T.

For this group of fine musicians you must be prepared to open your mind to a musical experience slightly removed from folk as they try the mix of all genres. With the use of rap and upbeat tunes they hope their sound will be able to draw audiences in from other musical back grounds who probably shy away from the folk scene. Ideally best experience at a festival they will be doing only 3 shows after their event at Celtic Connections 2011, one being in Manchester while the other will be in London. So having missed majority of their performance at The Cambridge Folk Festival last year I’d best make sure I don’t miss them this time around.

Support for this evening will be from Megson, who are nominated for best duo at the BBC Folk Awards, which really should be theirs this year. This will be the start of their last tour for a while as Debbie is expecting a baby Megson in May, so best catch them while you can, should be a good night.

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