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Burd Ellen


Mare Music

Wed 29 May 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


Old Lab
1 Summerhall
Edinburgh,EH9 1PLUnited Kingdom
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0131 560 1580
Age Group: 16+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Duration: 3h
Contains flashing lights. Standing only event. For access information please contact the venue directly

Burd Ellen is a project featuring Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons) and Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Electroscope). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere. They are twice featured in The Guardian’s Folk Albums of the Year, 2020 and 2022.

A Tarot Of The Green Wood is their third studio album, released Oct 2022. Debbie Armour says “I’m a long time collector and lover of tarot, and I’ve recently become drawn to the idea of finding parallels between interpretation of traditional song and the art of divination. Gayle and I have brought together a new collection of songs that reflect the ideas, archetypes and imagery of the Major Arcana.” Developed on residency at Sage Gateshead, the album also features guest appearances from Mercury Prize nominee Ian Lynch (One Leg One Eye, Lankum) and Newcastle-based composer Mark Wardlaw (Kenosist, The Old Police House).

A Tarot of the Green Wood entered the Official UK Folk Album charts at number 17 and the UK Album chart at number 40. It was number 5 in The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums 2022, and also made Best of Year lists from Folk Radio UK, Concrete Islands, Record Crates United and more. Songlines magazine gave it a coveted Top Of The World spot and the singles received regular plays on BBC6 Music, BBC Radio3 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Burd Ellen have appeared at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Fanø Free Folk Festival, Cafe Oto, The Glad Cafe and many other stages in the UK and Europe. They are carving out a sonically adventurous niche, but one that is informed by a deep love and respect for traditional song.

With support Rylan Gleave.

"Dripping with strangeness and unease"The Guardian
"One of the finest folk explorers"Wire Magazine
"The most innovative duo in folk"Folk Radio UK
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