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by Mary Kathleen Burke

Press release - for immediate publication Mary Kathleen Burke reinvigorates Richard Thompson's " Beeswing" On 20th July 2019 Mary Kathleen Burke is releasing her interpretation of "Beeswing", the Richard Thompson's classic song. With a new musical arrangement to complement her phenomenal voice, Mary K gives Richard Thompson's " Beeswing" a poignancy that would move a heart of stone. Mary, while resident and working in Glasgow for many years, is a native of Co. Derry in Northern Ireland, and is faithful to her musical roots. Well known, admired and respected on the folk and traditional music scene in the U K, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this very talented artist has recorded numerous other works, both covers and her own original compositions, with both great critical acclaim and success. On first hearing the original of "Beeswing" Mary K loved the song, the story it tells and determined that one day she would record it in her own inimitable style. That day has come.
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Mary Kathleen Burke,Mary K burke Lead Vocals , Guitar originally from Ireland but now firmly based in Scotland, has been described by Dr. Ian Green of Greentrax as "a brilliant talent". "I've been in the music business for more than 40 years," he said, "and I've not heard many like her. She's a wonderfully gifted performer, and a natural musician with an absolutely gorgeous voice. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that she is going to become a great star."

Mary Kathleen Burke is, indeed, a wonderful talent. She is a truly gifted singer/songwriter who released her first album "A Song in her Heart" to great critical acclaim in February 2008. Mary sings from her heart. Her song "My Scotsman and Thee", with its tale of longing for home, going home but being in love with someone from another country, epitomises a common theme in folk music. Mary wrote this song when she was only nineteen years old, but it is still as fresh today. Mary certainly manages to captivate audiences wherever she plays

Since the release of her debut album which was named album of the week on several Radio Stations both here and abroad Mary has supported well known artists such as Donnie Munro and the Finlay Mc Donald Band and recently toured in Italy and Berlin. Mary also presents her own Radio Show on Celtic Music Radio Glasgow and has accumulated several regular listeners to her eclectic mix of music and live guests every week. Mary is available for a variety of venues and events, from theatres to festivals, both home and abroad.
Mary's debut album contains only one of her own song's However Mary has been writing for quite some time and is in the process of gathering material for her second album which will contain many of her own song's this time around . Mary presented Her own Radio show on The very popular Celtic Music Radio in Glasgow for 10 years before becoming freelance and now her show is syndicated to five radio stations. Mary is currently recording material for a fourth album

"There is a common thread of integrity and professionalism that runs through Mary Kathleen Burke's work .. be it as a Singer-Songwriter, a radio presenter, or, in her latest role as a director at MKB Promotions.” February 20, 2012 Singer-Songwriter, Benny Gallagher (Gallagher & Lyle , McGuiness Flint )

“The strings of our hearts vibrated gently as they transport the absolute incredible voice of a true singer and exceptional as Mary Kathleen Burke, a real and true phenomenon, a complete musician, exciting, really great.”
— Antonio, A Boxful of Treasures Folk Club Forli Italy
"An inspiring singer with a truly beautiful voice, Mary Burke is making a huge impression on the industry and has a bright and prosperous future ahead of her." Lecturer's Reid Kerr Music Departmnt
— Reid Kerr College, Reid Kerr Marketing News November 5th, 2008

My Scotsman and Thee; this song is the likes of which careers are built upon. Having left Ireland and fallen for a man who will not forsake his home so that she might return to hers, Burke’s song strikes the balance between yearning lament and reflective acceptance. Staggering! Donald Teplyske ”
— Donald Teplyske, Roots Music Canada March 18th, 2008



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Bernard Mahan

Normally recorded by male artists this recording by Mary Kathleen Burke gives a totally new take on this haunting tale of life in the 60s.
With her unique voice and musical ability Mary Kate brings out the full emotional undertones of the song.
It is to be hoped that this recording and arrangement brings Mary Kathleen the recognition she and her talent so richly deserve.