Alison Burns

Alison Burns

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Alison Burns is the finest jazz singer to come out of Scotland in over 20 years. In the past two years alone she has performed concerts in Shanghai, New York, London, Capri, Cannes, Nashville and Vancouver as well as working with award winning jazz guitarist Martin Taylor.

Biography

Surrounded by the surfeit of little girl voices prevalent in jazz today, it's almost a relief to encounter a mature but flexible voice like Alison Burns’. Beyond the vocal quality is imaginative delivery and interpretation that comes from experience in life as well as performance. The way she weighs and colours the lyrics in her singing place her in rare company. At home in any setting, from festival and theatre stages to small, intimate venues, Alison Burns never fails to touch the audience with her soul-stirring performances.

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Alison grew up drawing inspiration from the recordings of the jazz greats like Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Her interpretation of songs draws on her varied life which has seen her work as an engineer, draftswoman, actress and more recently a highly regarded lawyer specialising in entertainment lawyer.

In demand as much abroad as in the UK she has performed concerts in Tokyo, Nashville, New York, Cannes, Capri and Shanghai as well as exclusive events for the likes of Virgin Airlines and Sir Terence Conran. As well as appearing at many of the main UK jazz festivals she has also performed on both national TV and radio and recently guested alongside Martin Taylor, Gallagher & Lyle and Deacon Blue.

Her new album is due out in 2006 on the P3 Music label accompanied by European touring dates.

Marcus Ford has performed all over Europe with a number of ensembles most notably as rhythm guitarist with the swing group "The Hot Club" which features Alex Yellowlees (jazz violin) and Nigel Clarke (lead guitar). His trio’s driving rhythm playing is complemented by his intimate solo work which provides a luxurious and self contained sound which is his trademark. His influences include guitarists Baden Powell, Gene Bertoncini and Ike Isaacs. Most recent appearances include Shetland Folk Festival, Moods Jazz Club Zurich, and live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Lyrics

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Written By: Manning Sherwin

Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
That certain night
the night we met
there was magic abroad in the air
there were angels dining at the ritz
and a nightengale sang in berkeley square
I may be right
i may be wrong
but i'm perfectly willing to swear
that when you turned and smiled at me
a nightengale sang in berkeley square
Oooh
The moon that lingered over london town
poor puzzled world, he wore a frown
oh how could he know we two were so in love
the whole wide world seemed upside down
The streets of town were paved with stars
it was such a romantic affair
and as we kissed and said goodbye
a nightengale sang in berkeley square
A nightengale sang
a nightengale sang
The streets of town, were paved with stars
it was such a romantic affair
and as we kissed and said goodbye
a nightengale sang in berkeley square
Oooh, oooh
A nightengale sang in berkeley square

Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered

Written By: Rodgers and Hart

He's a fool and don't I know it
But a fool can have her charms
I'm in love and don't I show it
Like a babe in arms

Men, are not a new sensation
I've done pretty well I think
But this half-pint imitation
Put me on the blink

I'm wild again, beguilded again
A simpering, whimpering child again
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered - am I

Couldn't sleep, and wouldn't sleep
And ------ I do, if I shouldn't sleep
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered - am I

Lost my heart, but what of it?
My mistake I agree
He's a laugh, but I love it
Because the laugh's on me

A pill he is, but still he is
All mine and I'll keep him until he is
Bewitched, bothered and bewildered - like me

La, da, da, da, da, di, dam
Mmmmmmm
La, da, da, da, da, da, dam
I guess the laugh's on me

I slept again, I tripped again
The way to my heart is unzipped again
Bewitched, bothered

Set List

Kissing Bug
But Not For Me
The Thrill Is Gone
Love Me Or Leave Me
No Moon At All
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
By Myself Alone
The Good Life
Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine
Too Good To Be True
Easy Street
Cry Me A River
The Shadow Of Your Smile
In The Wee Small Hours