Holly Burden
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Holly Burden

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"Excerpt from a review"

Holly's vocals kick off the set on "One Desire", demonstrating the seemingly effortless ease with which she can propel a song with her honey - rich vocals and fat - bottomed bass guitar. The song is a natural for radio airplay.
"I'm a Woman" is pure soul - blues gold, and has already received well deserved airplay. The minimalist guitar styling beautifully compliments Holly's pile driver, Blues Mama vocals and bump n' grind bass line.
"Slushy Blues" smacks of big band Chicago blues, with a sashaying rhythm, horn section puncuating the stops, and Holly's savvy, sexy, "Honey, take me where it's warm" refrain.
On "Train Wreck Blues", Holly positively smoulders here in slow blues mode - definately part of the Holy Trinity of Holly's blues, along with "One Desire" and "I'm a Woman". She's just as gutsy in "Human Kindness", counter pointed by a jazzy sax riff to keep things hot. - Sean Arthur Joyce (Poet, Author, Journalist, Photographer)


Holly and Jon - Big Wind on the Way - 2005



Holly is a natural singer who has an innate sense of melody, form and rhythm. You only need to listen to her sing to realize she has "Soul", way beyond her years. Her use of a blues/R&B feel reminiscent of Etta James, combined with jazz phrasing and improvisation from the era of Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, creates a unique and heart felt sound. Her bass playing has been described as “solid, pumping rhythm and blues with a fat bottomed tone”. Holly’s skill as a bass playing vocalist never fails to amaze, especially when she breaks out into scat, while playing a walking bass line. Holly’s vocals have been described as “Soaring from deep inside the well of Eva Cassidy and Aretha Franklin”. Reviews of her 2005 Holly and Jon CD release “Big Wind on the Way” state that “Holly’s honest, gutsy vocals are a refreshing tonic in an era of limp- throated Wal-Mart divas cranked off of the corporate assembly line”.

Holly has spent the past 6 years touring in the duo, Holly and Jon, as well as with the Holly and Jon Band. Holly and Jon released a CD of original music entitled “Big Wind on the Way” in 2005.

Holly has completed the Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program, majoring in Voice and Performance. She has played at various festivals such as The Lionell Hampton International Jazz Festival in the US; The Kaslo Jazz Festival, Kimberley International Music and Dance Festival, Whatshan Lake Music Festival, and many more, in Canada. Holly performed at the BC Winter Games in 2006, a live, televised event. Holly has shared the stage with: The Brubreck Brothers, Russell Jackson (BB King’s former Bass player), and Linda McCrea (Spirit of the West). She has opened for Carlos Del Junco (multiple Maple Blues Award winner), the legendary songwriter, session man, producer, piano man, Leon Russell. She has shared the festival bill with the Cruzero’s, Rick Bockner, Maple Blues award winner, Paul Reddick; Juno award winner, Harry Manx; Ray Charles former sax man, Fathead Newman; Grammy award winners, Colin James and the late, great Jeff Healey; Tom Jackson, Coco love Alcorn, Ember Swift, Roy Forbes, Shane Philips and blues man David Gogo. In the winter of 08 Holly played two sold out shows with young, Toronto blues prodigy, Jimmy Bowskill.

Whether performing for an audience of hundreds or in an intimate venue of 40, Holly Burden’s passionate vocals, funky and original songwriting and solid bass playing are sure to please, excite and get you on your feet, swaying to the music.

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