NEWS FROM THE ‘PARLOUR’
Guests joining us for our special CD launch shows at the Edinburgh Fringe include:
Saturday 9th – CATHAL MCCONNEL
Sunday 10th – JULIAN SUTTON + CATHAL MCCONNEL
Monday 11th – KATHLEEN MACINNES
Thursday 14th – HEIDI TALBOT
Friday 15th – WILL POUND
We also have a mighty house band joining us led by JAMES ROSS. John Kenny, Jen Butterworth and Innes White.
Tis just a few days till we start cracking open the sherry for ‘Step into my Parlour’ Summerhall Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Made in Scotland!
You can get more info here: http://festival14.summerhall.co.uk/event/step-into-my-parlour-2/
Please note the shows on 9/10/11 August are at 8.20pm and 14 + 15 August are at 11pm.
take care, Michelle x
Hello from a very sunny Scotland.
I hope that you are all having a lovely summer.
I am delighted to tell you that I have made a new record called ‘Step into my Parlour’. We had a mighty time making this Album and were joined by some fantastic singers and musicians.
The record was produced by the wonderful Calum Malcolm and features: James Ross – piano, Cathal McConnell – vocals & flute, Anna Massie – guitar, madolin & banjo,
Martin O’ Neill – bodhran, Brendan Power – harmonica, John Kenny – trombone, Kathleen Boyle – accordion
Euan Burton – bass, Rhiannon Laffan- vocals, Maura O’ Connell – vocals, Heidi Talbot – vocals and The gang from home including me Daddy, Mammy, Sister, Cousins, Aunts and Uncles!!!
We are now getting all set for our Album Release shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Summerhall on the 9/10/11 August
8.20pm and 14th & 15th 11pm. These are part the Made in Scotland showcase.
Summerhall is a fantastic new Arts Hub in the heart of the city the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Our first three shows are in the Main Hall and the last two shows in The Dissection Room !!!!!
We would love to see you at one of our album launch shows. The sherry will be flowing!
I am going to be joined by an array of very special guests. Keep an eye on my website to see who will be ‘Stepping into the Parlour’ each day. If you would like to join us for one of these special shows you can get more information here: http://festival14.summerhall.co.uk/?s=Step+into+my+Parlour&submit=Search
Bye for now.
Take care, Michelle x
Celtic Music Radio. Review: Step into my Parlour featuring Michelle Burke, Tron Theatre, Tuesday 28th January 2014
This concert at The Tron Theatre, just off the Trongate, Glasgow, proved that I should not make claims about my gig of the festival too early. Having attended ‘Far, Far from the Ypres’ on Celtic Connections second day, I have been telling everyone that nothing else would equalise it. Boy was I wrong!
On entering the Tron Theatre, the audience were given the opportunity to study the stage which was laid out as the kind of parlour reminiscent of those of yesteryear.
A carpet, occasional tables, old paintings, table cloths, candle, and, to play on important part, glasses and sherry.
When County Cork colleen, Michelle Burke, a very talented lady with a magnificent voice, appeared on stage, she picked up her knitting and got a member of the audience to continue it during the gig.
Already she had set the mood of music and Irish blarney which would be the ongoing style of the concert.
Having poured a wee glass of sherry, she introduced James Ross on the piano, and sang a song of potential courting and a jaunting car.
The idea for concert was inspired whe her sister had moved into her grandmother’s house and, while rifling through the attic, had found old documants and newspaper clippings collected by her great grandmother.
Next on stage was our own Anna Massie on guitar and mandolin and bodrhan player Martin O’Neil. Michelle’s grandfather had been a cobbler and ‘A kiss In The Morning Early’ followed before Michelle decided to give some of the old household tips which used to appear in an Irish Times supplement. Improving busts, treating ringworm and how to use a bar of soap to cure overnight jumpy legs were humourously covered.
Michelle’s sister’ Catherine joined on the accordion and Michelle’s beautiful voice sang again of cruel wars and husbands being imprisoned. John Kenny on trombone joined for ‘Bill O’. Soon the stage became even busier with a coulple of songs from John Spillane. Michelle gave the tale of her confirmation present, a calf, from her father before he himself appeared for some Tom Paxton and Hank Williams.
The interval passed with a real buzz in the audience about how great the gig was. Cathal McConnell was introduced, and, if anyone thought that the Irish gift o’ the gab had been flowing already, he was the grand master.
A song of lovely lassies was followed by the tale of Dan O’Hare, an Irishman who fled to America to die penniless. Flute and whistle tunes followed before John Spillane returned for a couple more numbers.
Then Michelle returned with a song of two potential lovers who whooped and died, the woman going to heaven and the man, the other place. Gypsy Lady followed with Cathal McConnell before the last number and a standing ovation, so richly deserved.
Michelle Burke and John Spillane came back on stage for a great song about The Lobby Bar before the entire ensemble for ‘The Parting Glass’, a different song from the one many of us will know.
This was a simple concept executed with sublime excellence.
Well it’s hard to believe its October already, I love this time of year with all the beautiful colours and any excuse to buy and knit new scarfs!
I’ve had a busy few months with ‘Step Into My Parlour’. I was commissioned by Enterprise Music Scotland to use the framework of the show to pilot community based workshops working with older people, particularly those with dementia. What a great time we had working on this project. This Saturday I’m delivering a workshop as part of the Luminate festival called Inspiring Creativity and Reminiscence along with some other arts practitioners in the Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh at 10.30am.
I’ve been mad busy learning new songs for a ‘STEP INTO MY PARLOUR” show this coming SATURDAY 12th October at 7.30pm in the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh. It would be lovely to see some friendly faces in the crowd and there might even be a drop of sherry or some buns!!
If you would like to come along you can find out more information here: www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/step-into-my-parlour
Finally, thanks to Creative Scotland I am fierce excited to tell you all that I am going making my new record very soon!! We are plotting and planning like mad!!
Take care and hopefully see some of you in the ‘parlour’ this Saturday!! x
Hello there and Happy August.
I can hardly believe it is the 1st August and here in Edinburgh there is a mighty buzz around the place as the festival kicks off this weekend. This time last year I was preparing for a marathon run of 24 shows with ‘Step into my Parlour’ at the Fringe. Well the ‘Parlour’ has been going great guns since then and there are plans to make a ‘Step into my Parlour’ record in the winter and a big tour next year with loads of surprise guests Stepping in to do their party piece.
I brought the ‘parlour’ home to Ballynoe Village hall, East Cork in June and we had a splendid night. I have posted a few pictures of the setting on the media page. We are really looking forward to taking the show out on the road next year and remember if you have any ‘Housekeeping Tips’ please send them on!
I also plan to return to Nashville, Tennessee early next year to continue working with some fantastic songwriters and musicians over there in music city. I’ll tell you more about that soon.
Thanks for dropping by and have a lovely summer,
take care, Michelle x