Folk-pop collaboration The Burns Unit deliver new album Side Show (4 stars)

Burnsong project supergroup delivers folk-flecked pop album

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The Burns Unit plays the Queen's Hall

This is perfect evidence that locking musicians in a room and letting them get on with it is the best idea ever. That’s what happened when the eight members of this ‘supergroup’ were picked for the Burnsong project, and the result is this sumptuous, accomplished and sometimes strange album. The nominal focal points are King Creosote, Karine Polwart and Emma Pollock who, alongside a stellar supporting cast, deliver a touching, melancholic and beautiful collection of folk-flecked pop (with the occasional rap diversion), from the hard-nosed grind of ‘Blood, Ice and Ashes’ to the plaintive and moving ‘Sorrys’. More than a mere sideshow.

The Burns Unit

  • 4 stars

Over-14s show. Folk/indie supergroup featuring Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock, King Creosote, Future Pilot AKA and others.

The Burns Unit

  • 4 stars

Introducing The Burns Unit: an eight piece Scottish-Canadian cohort of big-hearted singers, songwriters and players. Indie-rock queen Emma Pollock; Indo-Caledonian pop artist Future Pilot AKA; award-winning folk singer Karine Polwart; alt-folk royalty King Creosote; elegant multi-instrumentalist Kim Edgar…

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