Band of Burns
Thu 23 January 2020
Doors open: 19:00
£20 | £18 con.* adv + cmsn
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, London, N1 2UN.
Entry Requirements: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
Band of Burns
… Welcomes you to one of the most powerful and compelling sounds of Folk and World music. Band of Burns is a unique collaboration of twelve artists from the top echelons of the folk scene – including members of such prestigious groups as Afro Celt Sound System, The Langan Band and The Breath and featuring the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the year Ríoghnach Connolly. These individuals come together to perform a truly
distinct show which celebrates the life, works and philosophies of Robert Burns, sharing a pro-found belief in the values he championed – equality, social justice and the power
of love – and in their pressing relevance amid today’s troubled times.
The birth of Band of Burns came after several years of one-off Burns Night gigs in London’s
famous Wilton’s Music Hall. The team behind the band – musicians Alastair Caplin and Dila Var-dar – put together a more permanent group of musicians who relished playing together but had too little opportunity and were hungry for more. Bringing elements of the musical traditions of their homelands – Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, and Turkey – the final selection of the 12 musicians was an easy choice to make: all had played together at some point in the past, all had shared the highest level of mutual respect for each other’s
musical skill, and all had a deep regard for the works of Robert Burns. The resultant band is a tightly knit ensemble of musicians who all shine bright in their own right, with a string of awards and an admirable checklist of every big concert venue in the UK from The Fruitmarket in Glasgow to Union Chapel in London. They collectively create one of the most powerful and compelling sounds of Folk and World music.
After the success of their debut album ‘Live at Union Chapel’ the band released their first studio album ‘The Thread in Autumn 2019. Recorded by the 12 members of the band in Watercolour Studios last year, The Thread is a true representation of the bands international influences, and their poetic endeavour to interpret the works and philosophies of Scotland’s national poet, Rob-ert Burns.
Alastair Caplin (Isle of Lewis) – Musical Director, Violin, Viola, Vocals, Guitar
Ríoghnach Connolly (Co.Armargh, Ireland) – Vocals, Irish Flute
John Langan (Ayreshire) – Vocals, Guitar, Cajon
Adam Beattie (Aberdeenshire) – Vocals, Guitar, Double Bass
Mikey Kenney (Liverpool) – Violin, Vocals
Dila Vardar (Turkey) – Vocals, Finger Bells
Dominie Hooper (Dartmoor) – Vocals, Cello
Ellis Davies (Camarthenshire) – Guitar, Vocals
Ewan MacDonald (Ross & Cromarty) – Violin, Cittern
Dave Tunstall (Angus) – Double Bass, Border Pipes
Lewis Murray (Aberdeenshire) – Violin Viola
Feilimi Devlin (Co.Antrim, Ireland) – Bodhran
“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision” The Times
“Band of Burns take few prisoners with their often raucous, partying dance tunes but are also capable of softer, more reflective moments” The Herald
“Nourishing stuff beyond its times, another warm, welcoming stew to feed the bones” The Guardian
“Exemplary musicianship, exemplary lead playing with a real respect for the tradition shining from every song” Fatea Magazine
Margins Cafe will be serving delicious, hot, homemade food at this event. All profits support The Margins Project, which works with people who face homelessness and crisis and is based here at the Chapel.
You must also have a ticket for this event to eat at Margins Cafe.
The Cafe opens to all ticket holders when the chapel doors open, scheduled to be 19:00 for this show.
We’re also taking limited early dinner reservations at 18:30 for this event. Be quick it can fill up fast!
How to book early dinner reservations:
You can book for dinner when buying your ticket through our site.
If the option doesn’t appear then it means dinner is fully booked.
If you have already purchased your ticket for this show you can check availability and book for all dates here.
If there are no tables available it will say ‘We are sorry but this event has sold out.’
Information for people with a reservation:
You’ll get an email with full details shortly before the event, however, you just need to come to the black gate to the left of the main entrance, marked Early Dinner Reservations at 18:30 and show your reservation and gig ticket.
-Organic beef stew with leek mash
-Herb, walnut and cranberry stuffed aubergine
-Roasted tomato, basil and brie quiche
-Sweet potato, sage and cheddar quiche
-Vegetarian spring roll
-Apricot and almond tart
Concessions: Students, People in receipt of DLA/PIP payments, People in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, People over the age of 65, Under 18s.