Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Ursula Burns, Botanic Gardens, Belfast

A wonderfully bizarre night of stirring vocals and lyrics

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ursula Burns has played everywhere from a police station in Amsterdam's red light district to London's Royal Albert Hall.

The eclectic musician added to her unique CV last night with a show in a circus tent in Botanic Gardens.

The choice of venue was perhaps a nod to Burns's teenage stint in the circus, but it proved to be an ideal setting for her atmospheric music.

The Belfast-born star was launching her latest album, Deep in the Dreaming, which wasdescribed during one of the meandering song introductions as “a winter album”.

Burns's five-piece band played an impressive array of instruments while special guest Liam Ó Maonlaí of the Hothouse Flowers added stirring vocals and a couple of rambling anecdotes of his own. As with all of Burns's gigs, this was a magical, exciting hour and a half of imaginative lyrics, soaring melodies and haunting music.

By the time a drummer, guitarist and bassist in military attire had clambered onstage for a jaunty tear through Floral Hall, the offbeat evening had turned wonderfully bizarre.

“I'd love to take you all home and make you a cup of tea,” said Burns near the end — and the wild-eyed grin on her face suggested she meant it.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Taurus:

An opportunity to expand your horizons is too good to ignore. Studying or travelling abroad will keep you far from home, but absence will make the heart grow fonder. If you have a beloved pet, make arrangements to travel with your companion. Don't let small inconveniences keep you from exploring new vistas. Have you been yearning to write a book? Begin now, while you have some stellar cosmic energy at your back. Great things can happen if you take a risk.More