Michelle Burke Band
Former lead singer with Irish-American trad legends ‘Cherish the Ladies’, Michelle Burke makes her debut appearance at the Shetland Folk Festival with her fantastic band.
Michelle Burke is an acclaimed singer from rural East Cork, Ireland. She has spent the best part of a decade living in Edinburgh where she has collaborated with many of the top artists working in the vibrant Scottish folk scene. Michelle is fast gaining a reputation as a solo artist and impressive interpreter of songs with a timelessly expressive, exquisitely nuanced voice. Her stunning album ‘Step Into My Parlour’ (which began life as an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show with her longtime musical partner James Ross) is a quirky mix of traditional and music hall songs which takes listeners back in time. The show and subsequent album were inspired by a dusty old scrapbook filled with songs and housekeeping tips which was owned by Michelle’s great-grandmother, and the concept has grown arms and legs in subsequent stagings with various guest musicians joining Michelle in her ‘parlour’. She visits Shetland Folk Festival with a trio of talent, namely James Ross on piano, Rick Taylor on trombone and Tia Files on guitar.