Joshua Burnside

Indie folk artist Joshua Burnside is something of an anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft strives 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. Joshua released his debut album ‘Ephrata’ two years ago via Quiet Arch Records. A critical and commercial success, the unique mix of Irish traditional, European folk and Americana music that fuelled the emotional core of his inaugural release earned Joshua the ‘Best Album’ award at the Northern Irish Music Prize. Joshua’s second studio album, set for release in 2020, will explore the humanity and uncertainty of the modern era. Utilising post-punk and electronic recording methods to push the boundaries of Folk music, Joshua looks to capture a sound that is unique to the 21st century.

Notable performances: Headline world tour (USA, UK, Europe, Ireland), Other Voices live broadcast, Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, SXSW showcase, Reeperbahn, The Great Escape, Electric Picnic, All Together Now, Stendhal, Sold out headline London shows

‘Rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic’ – The Irish Times

‘There’s an indefinable quality and charm to Joshua Burnside’ – The Sunday Times


‘Joshua Burnside may not be typical Irish Folk, but he is everything it should stand for’ – Folk Radio UKn Air


‘Understated and exaggerated, thought-provoking and reflective, constantly keeping the listener on their toes’ – Golden Plec

‘Burnside’s sound surges with real force… an intoxicating bundle of frayed nerves and woozy intensity.’ – NPR

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