Joshua Burnside

May 18th, 2020 7pm   Stage 2

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Joshua Burnside

There is a man in an attic somewhere at four in the morning. He is shaking knives in a biscuit tin, stomping and shouting, pitch bending, coding, looping, plucking banjos and squeezing accordions, layering sound upon sound like a demented chef creating a monstrous cake, a swirling dream of colours and visions of the apocalypse.

Joshua Burnside was born in Northern Ireland, where he draws inspiration from the beauty, the ugliness and the rich musical and literary heritage of an often tormented corner of the world. His debut album EPHRATA won the NI Music Prize 2017. Written whilst living in northern Colombia, the songs deal with a diverse range of themes from PTSD and technophobia, to larger questions about time, love and death in the modern age. Stumbling beats, found sounds, vocoders, Cumbian rhythms, electric guitar loops, devils, lightning and dark matter are just a handful of the various flavours to expect.