Band of Burns


Touring 16 Jan – 2 Feb 2020 & available for festivals 2020.


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Band of Burns is a unique collaboration of twelve artists from the top echelons of the folk scene – including members of such prestigious groups as Afro Celt Sound System and The Langan Band and The Breath. These individuals come together to perform a truly distinct show which celebrates the life, works and philosophies of Robert Burns, sharing a profound belief in the values he championed – equality, social justice and the power of love – and in their pressing relevance amid today’s troubled times.

The birth of Band of Burns came after several years of one-off Burns Night gigs in London’s famous Wilton’s Music Hall. The team behind the band – musicians Alastair Caplin and Dila Vardar – put together a more permanent group of musicians who relished playing together but had too little opportunity and were hungry for more. Bringing elements of the musical traditions of their homelands – Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, and Turkey – the final selection of the 12 musicians was an easy choice to make: all had played together at some point in the past, all had shared the highest level of mutual respect for each other’s musical skill, and all had a deep regard for the works of Robert Burns. The resultant band is a tightly knit ensemble of musicians who all shine bright in their own right, with a string of awards and an admirable checklist of every big concert venue in the UK. They collectively create one of the most powerful and compelling sounds of Folk and World music.



Alastair Caplin (Isle of Lewis) Musical Director, Violin, Viola, Vocals, Guitar

Ríoghnach Connolly (Co.Armargh, Ireland) – Vocals, Irish Flute

John Langan (Ayreshire) – Vocals, Guitar, Cajon

Adam Beattie (Aberdeenshire) – Vocals, Guitar, Double Bass

Mikey Kenney (Liverpool) – Violin, Vocals

Dila Vardar (Turkey) – Vocals, Finger Bells

Dominie Hooper (Dartmoor) – Vocals, Cello

Ellis Davies (Camarthenshire) – Guitar, Vocals

Ewan MacDonald (Ross & Cromarty) – Violin, Cittern

Dave Tunstall (Angus) – Double Bass, Border Pipes

Lewis Murray (Aberdeenshire) – Violin Viola

Feilimi Devlin (Co.Antrim, Ireland) – Bodhran



“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision” The Times

“Band of Burns take few prisoners with their often raucous, partying dance tunes but are also capable of softer, more reflective moments” The Herald

“Nourishing stuff beyond its times, another warm, welcoming stew to feed the bones” The Guardian

“Exemplary musicianship, exemplary lead playing with a real respect for the tradition shining from every song” Fatea Magazine

Tour Dates

11/10/2019Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene ChurchLONDON