The Dangerous Harpist
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and comedienne Ursula Burns has been smashing the stereo-typical image of the harp for 25 years by performing and touring the world through the mediums of Music, Theatre, Circus and Comedy. Burns has invented her own wild style of playing and strong captivating live performance in her solo shows. Ursula accidentally fell into comedy when she won the Irish Musical Comedy Awards 2012 and since has been touring her solo shows. As a veteran of Edinburgh festival she got nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for comic originality. Burns has 6 solo albums and a wealth of music composed for childrens theatre. A diverse and compelling artist who is not afraid to take risks and push the harp to places it has never dared to venture.............
Unusual journey of the harp.....
Unique Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and comedienne Ursula Burns has been smashing the stereo-typical image of the harp for 25 years by performing and touring the world with her music through Songwriting, Theatre, Circus and Comedy. Having played everywhere from the Albert Hall to every size and shape of venue in Ireland, Uk, Europe and a lot of Big Tops in OZ.
Her debut album in 1998 According to Ursula Burns gained her a nomination at the hot press awards for best newcomer. She has self -financed and self-released 6 solo studio albums including The Dangerous Harpist and Deep in the Dreaming. Ursula has composed a wealth of music for theatre and Circus including soundtrack albums for
The Assistants Revenge by Cahoots and Inventors by Kabosh, . Ursula specialises in composing for children's theatre with shows like Little Red Riding hood (lyric Theatre) The snail and the Whale and Leon and the place between (Cahoots)…….and many more! Ursula spent 3 years on the road with Tumble Circus performing Damn and
Circus. This dangerous harpist actually ran away FROM the circus..........more than once!
Ursula accidentally fell into comedy when she won the Irish Musical Comedy Awards 2012 and since has been touring her comedy show, "I do it for the Money" which got nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award for comic originality on its first trip to Edinburgh festival.
Ursula is completely independent and does not have Management, Booking Agents, Labels or Publishers. She funded all her projects from Playing Harp! Thats rather a lot of plucking. From Theatre's to Festivals, from Flee Pits to the London Palladium, Ursula is an original artist who challenges the conventions and extends the boundaries of harp beyond classical and folk.
2019 BGT semifinalist and 2020 Tedx Speaker and participant on Collaborations with The Wood Burning Savages on BBC2. Ursula is an artist who is not afraid to take risks and challenge herself to boldly bring the harp, where no harp has gone before.
Burns is a perceptive writer with the ability to capture the profound and the profane with equal clarity. Hot Press
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
She is enchanting and funny in equal measure with a lovely lilting voice that makes the falls road sound like Brigadoon Kate Copstick Wow 27
Ursula Burns’ third outing is one of the few albums since Astral Weeks to mess with notions of temporal, spatial and cosmic displacement. Hotpress
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