Press Release

Belfast’s most dangerous harpist in the world is releasing her 5th self penned, self financed album.
After a 4 year detour in the Comedy circuit, composing musicals for theatre and a few years circus touring in big tops Ursula Burns has finally managed to open her songbook of wondrous delights and rustle up a gem of an album due for release on the 4th May 2016. The first single is aptly named COMEDIAN.
The spirited album is recorded and produced at Millbank Studios by Michael Mormecha. Considering he plays everything from the drums to the pan fried corgettes these two make a mighty combination. The only downside to his brilliance is that Burns now has to stop singing “it does not rock” and admit the equation that Mormecha plus harp = it does rock!
With backing vocals chanting Sex Drugs Harp  from the very cheeky Ciara O’Neill, Vincent Higgens and Kyron Bourke all urging Burns to get some dimarzipan, stop crying,  get out of  the portaloo and release the album. A rich lifetime spent touring in Circus, Flea pits, Theatres, Tardisis, and music venues is reflected in the songs – dark, light, deep and lovely with a handful of dirt in the mix. Who knew Burns and Mormecha would produce this rabbit out of a hat in a one week session. Magic!


Ursula Burns has invented her own wild style of harp playing and Spell is a mini masterpiece, pitch perfect, it deserves our fullest attention. – The Irish Times

Ursula Burns’ third outing is one of the few albums since Astral Weeks to mess with notions of temporal, spatial and cosmic displacement. It is constructed from rolling piano figures that threaten to vanish off cliff-tops, fragmented drum taps, harp arpeggios, soprano sax and vocals so in-your-ear they could be your conscience – or your fairy godmother – calling. – Hotpress

Ursula writes undeniably great songs, when you combine this with the fact that she plays the harp in a ‘new school’ style, the potential is mighty. – Stuart Bailey

Ursula Burns comes across as one of those original artists who defies musical barriers. She is completely unlike anybody else, especially other female singer/songwriters. – Irish News

With a sound that is both traditional and contemporary, Burns’ music defies classification, comparisons do not do her justice. She is her own unique music stylist. – David Schultz

Daughter of folk/classical harpist Marie O’Neill, Ursula Burns is a one-off – a hybrid concoction of delicate harp-playing married to the off-the-wall lyrics of a Tori Amos and the sweet voice of a Karan Casey. There really is no one quite like Ursula and her album is probably the most innovative to have emerged from the North in the last ten years. – Irish Music review

Not many people have a fiddle-playing grandfather in a band called The Senile Delinquents. Not many people have a harp-playing mother who independently pressed up and released 1,000 vinyl copies of an album that set Yeats poetry to music. And not many people can say they ran off to join a circus at the age of 14 and mean it, Ursula Burns did just that… –

Perhaps the most daunting gig of the night was Madame George, that whirling homage to a figure that plays dominoes in drag. It was Ursula Burns who had accepted the mission and she sat with her harp and realised that child-like vision. Perfect – Review of Ohyeahbelfast Astral week’s eventStuart Bailey