Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside has been awarded with the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017 for his debut album EPHRATA.
The album’s first single was debuted on Nialler9 and the release has a José Gonzalez-esque. It has Eastern European and South American influences (as it was recorded in Colombia) but retains the Co. Down native’s Northern Irish roots with his colloquially-driven vocals.
Guests on the record include Hozier cellist Alana Henderson.
Previous winners of the Norther Ireland Music Prize include Ciaran Lavery, Soak, Robyn G Shiels and Foy Vance.
The Northern Irish singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside will release Ephrata his album conceived and inspired by Columbia and its music tomorrow (Friday). ‘Blood Drive’ has an undeniable José Gonzalez feel to it and Derry producer Ryan Vail augments that the track with texture and ambience with his take.
Now in this video for the remix, shot in Berlin by Joe Wright, the song serves as a backdrop to a clip that “deals with the theme of anxiety focused on social breakdown and fear of impending doom for society.”
Ephrata is out tomorrow on Quiet Arch Records. He plays Dublin on June 15th at Bellobar, as part of Nialler9 and Homebeat’s Future Proof gig series.
The Northern Irish alt-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside has a new album forthcoming on Quiet Arch called Ephrata on May 5th.
Burnside who has been a regular feature on the NI scene for a few years, wrote the album over a few weeks while living in Colombia, as you do where he stayed with a cousin and playing with a Cumbia band. Ephrata then, is said to have influences from South America and Eastern Europe and the album title is the name of a small town in Pennsylvania that Burnside visited. The night he stayed a nearby market burned down and fire engines soundtracked his attempts at sleep and that discombobulation fed into the music of the title track.
Guests on the record include Hozier cellist Alana Henderson, his brother Connor on drums and percussions, electronic solo artist Rachael Boyd on violin and synths, Clark Phillips on bass and Sarah Martin on trumpet.
Those experiences seeped into the music which sounds at times like Sufjan and Conor Oberst. Ephrata‘s lead single ‘Tunnels Pt.2’ is awash with urgency, imagination and immediacy.