Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who formed in 2017, after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history; songs that, regardless of age, tell vivid stories about the nature of life, from the ethereal landscapes of ancient ballads to the urban rhythms of work songs. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin and bouzouki, with arrangements that balance intricacy with energy. Their dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them.
The duo met whilst studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University, spending one year at the University of South-East Norway together. These experiences allowed them to hone their craft whilst expanding their audiences further beyond the UK. After 3 years of working together and performing in notable venues such as Sage Gateshead and Folklub Newcastle, they decided to record their debut EP. It was released in September 2020 to overwhelmingly positive feedback.
"The clarity and blend in their voices and their beautifully honed playing captivated the sell-out audience at Folklub Newcastle to the point that you could hear a pin drop. They have invested fully in their craft and their sound as a duo and the results are breathtaking." - Katie Doherty (Katie Doherty and the Navigators)
Heather Ferrier is an accordionist and clog dancer based in the North East of England. Originally from Stockport, Heather’s love for traditional music came from the Fosbrook Folk Education Trust. Starting at the age of 7, she learnt accordion, piano and clog dance, and proceeded in performing in festivals in the UK and Europe with them. At 18 Heather switched the North West for the North East, to study the Folk degree at Newcastle University. There she spent her years finding her style as a composer and arranger, ending her studies double majoring in performance.
Now based in Newcastle, Heather now plays in different collaborations, which showcase different sides of her musical palette. This includes contemporary folk quartet Balter, who in January 2020 released their new single ‘Erica’s’. and this year are taking part in Sage Gateshead’s summer studios. Balter have also been nominated at the Scots Trad Music award for video of the year. She also plays with Bodhrànist Callum Younger in their duo RŪNN. 2021 will see them releasing their debut album HOPE, after a year of working remotely. Heather was also part of the group Superfolkus, led by Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, and in 2019 was asked to dep in Kathryn’s new project Kathryn Tickell and the Darkening.