Joshua Burnside

Joshua Burnside

Experimental folk songwriter and Northern Irish Music Prize winner Joshua Burnside is to reissue his 2013 EP, If You’re Goin That Way, which has been reconstituted and embellished in to a deluxe package called Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You’re Goin That Way, (a line from lead single “Black Dog Sin”).  It is due out via Quiet Arch on 11 January 2019 and in addition to the five tracks of the original EP, there are four brand new songs and an acoustic version of “Desert Wine”.

The album will be available digitally and as a limited edition hand stamped deluxe heavyweight vinyl package. He will be hitting the road before the end of the year with two London shows as well as an extensive tour of universities doing free student only “coffee house sessions”.

The EP features the single “Black Dog Sin” (originally released in 2015), a darkly, waltzing folk ode that cunningly culminates in a raucous peak and final sleep. It is the sonic equivalent of peering through the keyhole: a cloistered, almost voyeuristic taste of an inimitable brand of experimental folk that is very much in the process of growing into itself. He teamed up with director Darren Lee to forge a dark and phantasmal visual interpretation of his new song, Burnside marries sound with vision with his latest release – a parallel delivery that serves to emphasise the importance (and reign) of imagery in his songs.

Following the release of his debut album, the Northern Irish Music Prize winning Ephrata in 2017, Joshua Burnside has had a busy time clocking up four million plays on Spotify, appearances at international festivals including Reeperbahn and The Great Escape. He performed for Folk Alliance and the British Music Embassy at SXSW 2018, where he was chosen by NPR as one of the festival highlights – “Burnside’s sound surges with real force… an intoxicating bundle of frayed nerves and woozy intensity.”.

Whilst he creates songs that are understated yet passionate and heartfelt, he is not afraid to tackle difficult subject matter. On the back of winning the Northern Irish Music prize and his controversial political track calling for peace “Red and White Blues”, he was invited to play for President Bill Clinton at Belfast City Hall at a private event to mark 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement on 10 March 2018.

Joshua Burnside 2018 UK Tour Dates:


Thu 22 – The Waiting Room – London
Fri 30 – Duncairn Arts Centre – Belfast


Mon 3 – Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks) Student Union – High Wycombe ^
Mon 3 – Royal Holloway, University of London – Egham ^
Tue 4 – Bournemouth University – Bournemouth ^
Wed 5 – Bath Spa University – Bath ^
Wed 5 – Bristol University – Bristol ^
Thu 6 – University of Warwick Student Union – Coventry ^
Fri 7 – Great Hall, Queen Mary University – London ^
Sun 9 – Pamban, Camden Market – London ^
Sun 9 – Paper Dress Vintage – London ^
Mon 10 – Staffordshire University Student Union – Stoke On Trent ^
Tue 11 – Loughborough University – Loughborough ^
Tue 11 – The Point, Nottingham Trent University – Nottingham ^
Wed 12 – Bradford University Student Union – Bradford ^
Thu 13 – Northumbria University Student Union – Newcastle Upon Tyne ^
Fri 14 – Manchester Metropolitan Student Union – Manchester ^
Fri 14 – University of Liverpool Student Union – Liverpool ^
Fri 21 – Elmwood Hall – Belfast

^ Free entry student only coffee house tour

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