Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic. Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream.
Singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside follows up his Northern Ireland Music Prize winning debut album Ephrata, with a brand new EP entitled All Round The Light Said, released on 29 June via Quiet Arch. Weaving elements of Irish traditional and European folk music with hints of Americana, he creates songs that are understated yet passionate and heartfelt.
Following the release of Ephrata Joshua Burnside has had a busy year clocking up four million plays on Spotify, with two sell out London shows, appearances at International festivals including Reeperbahn and The Great Escape and chosen as NPR'S festival highlight at SXSW18.
'Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic' - The Irish Times
'There's an indefinable quality and charm to Joshua Burnside's debut' - The Sunday Times
'It makes you glad to have a pair of working ears' - Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
'It is an endless adventure, a record that won't tire, such is the depth and scope of what you hear' - Daily Mirror
'Dynamic and wide ranging in scope but stands as a complete and focused work. The end result is a triumph' - Chordblossom