Bio

Biography

“A welcome blast of originality in our serious world, it’s a hugely impressive work and a lot of fun.” – Acoustic Magazine, 2016.

“A York based musician and songwriter, for whom the title ‘minstrel’ is never more apt.” – Sonic Bandwagon, 2016.

York-based artist, Joshua Burnell, has shaken the world of folk with his epic fantasy ballads and fiddle tunes, bolstered with the swirling distortion of Hammond Organ. Touring as either a folk trio or full seven-piece folk-rock band, Joshua & his band have set feet stomping at festivals and venues up and down the country this year.

Combining the best from the worlds of prog and folk rock, Joshua Burnell’s music has been described by Fatea Magaizne as, “quite definitely a step up from traditional folk, and quite definitely worthy of a mention in any progressive rock hall of fame.”

Tony Collins, organiser of Folk On The Water Festival recalls that their music, “rang around the Cape of Good Hope and caused the crowd to block the towpath at one point.”

Joshua Burnell started out playing folk music in 2013 in pubs around York to promote his self-recorded EP, Lend An Ear. The project then grew as vocalist Frances Sladen, Texan bassist Matthew Mefford and Sicilian fiddle player Antionio Curiale joined the group. Up until this point, the group played mainly traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes, along with Josh’s original material. However, this would soon change with Into the Green. Josh began recording his first full-length album, Into the Green, with Dan Webster at Paper Plane Studios. A host of musicians were assembled for the creation of this progressive-folk rock Tolkienesque fantasy double concept album, including Angela Gordon, from Mostly Autumn and  Yom Hardy from Blackbeard’s Tea Party. To accomplish the creative vision,Tolkien illustrators Ted Nasmith and Ruth Lacon created spectacular artwork for the packaging.

Tracks from the album has been played on multiple radio stations around the country and the album has been received positively by the press, earning a 7/10 review in Classic Rock Magazine.

“A superb seven-song suite about a hapless shepherd who ventures into an Enchanted Wood to rescue his lost flock.” – Classic Rock Magazine.

Since Into the Green explores a bigger, folk-rock sound, to translate this to the stage, drummer, Ed Simpson and multi-instrumentalists Nathan Greaves and Ben Burnell have joined the band, and the group have enjoyed taking the music to larger venues around York and UK, including a run of festivals.

“Into the Green isn’t just a music album. It’s a piece of art right from the cover through to every beautiful track and every poetic lyric.”
– York Calling

“A highly original story, a highly original concept, highly original songs, beautiful artwork, and completely brilliant in every respect.” – Fatea Magazine.

“A fusion of artists offering a unique sound and abundance of talent, resulting in a fantastic folk/rock sound.” – Everything York

“Beautiful.” – R2 Magazine.