Far O'er the Sounding Main

by Joshua Burnside

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Eileen Aroon 02:36
Kitty May 01:34


‘Far O’er the Sounding Main’ is a collection of folk and traditional songs recorded at home during the covid-19 lockdown.

Most of these songs I heard for the first time at the Sailortown Folk Club in Belfast, so I’d like to dedicate the EP to all the regulars there, musicians, punters and bar staff alike, who make it such a brilliant night.

Kate Barry sings Lambs on The Green Hill beautifully, and with a particular honesty and sadness which inspired me. Also a big thanks to Zarah Fleming for providing cello on that one.
Gary Graham and Gerard Mchugh’s version of Come My Little Son (England’s Motorway) is probably the most popular song at the folk club - Gary’s expertly restrained guitar playing, combined with the two singers perfectly balanced harmonies and timing is what makes it so special - my version owes a lot to theirs. They also provided the added vocals on the Bonny Bunch of Roses so another big thank you for that. I first heard recordings of The Bonny Bunch of Roses and Eileen Aroon by Belfast’s own Mcpeake family. I’ve tried to make them my own with slightly altered melodies and accompanying instrumentation. The little slip-jig ‘Kitty May’ is my own composition, and is a dedication to my younger sister Catherine Burnside, may this happy little melody find you.


released April 16, 2020

Guitars, banjo, violin, vocals - Joshua Burnside
Backing vocals - Gary Graham and Gerard Mchugh (Bonny Bunch of Roses)
Cello - Zarah Fleming




Joshua Burnside Belfast, UK

Joshua Burnside was born in Northern Ireland, where he draws inspiration from the beauty, the ugliness and the rich musical and literary heritage of an often tormented corner of the world. His debut album EPHRATA won the NI Music Prize 2017. Written whilst living in Colombia, the songs deal with themes from PTSD and technophobia, to larger questions about time, love and death in the modern age. . ... more


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