“Harptivist” Ursula played the Sofa Sessions shortly after winning the first ever Irish Music Comedy Awards – bringing her hilarious/excellent songs to a delighted new audience at the Ulster Hall. The comic recognition was relatively recent at the time – just another string to her harp, if you will. A complete original, she can do ethereal, rock and everything in between, and is much loved at home in Belfast and abroad. One Edinburgh Fringe reviewer described her as “a professional eccentric, the Fringe’s own Kate Bush: theatrical and wafty of dress”. She’s also utterly lovely.
Belfast-born singer/songwriter Ursula Burns grew up in a musical family and promptly ran away to join the circus in a vain attempt to escape the fate which awaited her – living as a musician in Northern Ireland. After many years and a few thousand miles walking with a horse drawn Theatre Company, ”Horse and Bamboo”, she decided to come back home and face the music by writing songs. She has worked with many Irish and International artists from Jackson Browne, Beth Orton, Billy Bragg, Duke Special, Laim O Maonlai, Keiran Kennedy, the Blue Nile to Eimear Quinn and many more, and has performed everywhere from burning fire escapes to the Royal Albert Hall. Buy her a drink to hear the fire escape story.