Sarah Burnell
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Sarah Burnell

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"Return Ticket"

"With her sophomore album, Celtic fiddler Sarah Burnell shows once again why she was named Young Performer of the Year at the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Her performances are bright and incisive, respectful of the old sources in which many of them are rooted without being slavishly traditional and, most important, fun. Burnell, an Ottawa native now studying violin and music at McGill University, also sings: buoyantly on "L'alouette et le pinson", commandingly on Stan Rogers' "The Flowers of Bermuda" (Greg Weeks' cello is an inspired addition), and hauntingly on "Will Ye No Come Back Again?"
-Penguin Eggs (2008)

- Penguin Eggs

"Sarah Burnell"

"Right from the first track, Terri’s Tunes, the band is in full swing and performing as a unit. That said, there is no doubt as to the leader: Sarah Burnell’s finely nuanced fiddle playing is at the centre of each piece, both acoustically and aesthetically. Her tone is rich, her ornamentation precise, and there’s energy in every note. I found the band particularly strong when playing the more driving, uptempo numbers..."

"Burnell has also taken her performances to another level, with more of an edge to the faster numbers (Les reels tziganes, L’alouette et le pinson) and a warmer sound in the more expansive pieces (The Galician Set, Stirling Castle). Her duet passages with cellist Greg Weeks are particularly well done, and I found the worldly Trip to Pakistan really showcases the versatility of The Sarah Burnell Band."

"Both of these albums display excellent musicianship, and serve to announce the arrival of a major new talent in Canadian folk music. While Sarah Burnell has received accolades as Young Performer of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Association, 2006), she is far more than a talented young musician: Burnell can hold her own with musicians of all ages. Both albums highly recommended."
-Dr. Paul Guise

- Fan Review

"Sarah'ndipity ***1/2"

Capering with youthful exuberance and memorable for its finesse, this album marks the recording début of 17-year-old Ottawa fiddler Sarah Burnell.
Jigs, country waltzes, and hornpipes, many of them traditional tunes, make up Burnell’s repertoire. A mezzo-soprano, she also performs a couple of lovely vocal numbers, one of them sung in English and Gaelic, and both sounding far more mature than you’d expect from one so young.
Burnell, by the way, is a classically trained violinist, which helps explain the control and sheer good taste that flavour her performances, while her background as a highland dancer doubtless accounts for the zip and zest that distinguish her music.
Accompanying instrumentation includes percussion and winds, while Toronto’s Paul Mills lends his impeccable guitar to the proceedings. - Ottawa Citizen Review - Patrick Langston


This effervescent young Ottawa fiddler has a good feel for Scottish, Irish, and particularly Cape Breton music. She wields a mighty bow, and manages a fine touch on what is largely a traditional repertoire of very well-known pieces. Also a dancer, clearly her lively music is intended to get people up out of their chairs and onto the dance floor - Penguin Eggs Magazine - David Ingram

"Fan Review"

I was listening to CBC Radio Fresh Air this morning and heard 'If you were mine' and I wanted to tell you that it is the most incredibly moving piece of music I have heard. The passion and power of your playing is incredible. It is very rare that I hear a piece of instrumental music that strikes me as being more powerful without lyrics; this piece is one such piece. - C.N - Unpublished


"Sarah'ndipity" (2006, Independant)
"Return Ticket" (2006, Independant)



Since the release of her 2006 début album, Sarahn'dipity, Ottawa-born Celtic fiddler and singer Sarah Burnell has been mesmerizing audiences across Canada and the UK. Possessed of a talent noted for both its youthful exuberance and finely-wrought finesse, Sarah has certainly been making waves in the Canadian folk music scene!

In December 2006, Sarah was recognized by the Canadian Folk Music Association with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year. As part of her prize, Sarah was awarded a place in the artist line-up of the 2007 Edmonton Folk Music Festival. In addition to the EFMF, summer 2007 saw a busy touring season for the Sarah Burnell Band, with performances in festivals and concert venues across Ontario.

In February 2008, Sarah, along with cellist Greg Weeks, percussionist D'Arcy McGuire, and guitarist Neil McDaniel, performed as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in five Young People's Concerts highlighting the link between Baroque and Celtic music.

In June 2008, Sarah released her second album, Return Ticket, under the name of the Sarah Burnell Band. This album shows off a musicianship and artistry beyond Sarah's years and takes Celtic music in an entirely new direction!

The Sarah Burnell Band is known for their dedication to the Celtic tradition and for their sense of musical adventure! Their unique instrumentation makes for a stunning combination, and their energy and flair are unbeatable! With arrangements that inspire both dancing and tears, the Sarah Burnell Band demonstrates their musical versatility.

The Sarah Burnell Band's second album, Return Ticket, brings Celtic music to a whole new dimension. On Return Ticket the band forays into uncharted territory, exploring the influences of (among others) the Latin American, Gypsy-Jazz, and Galician styles of music. This combination of the Celtic and World genres makes for an exciting musical journey!