Burwell Bash isn’t like any other summer school. Set in a tiny hideaway in rural Burwell, once inside you become totally immersed in the music going on around you. The tutors look forward to returning each year, often bringing their families with them to soak up the family friendly atmosphere. With all ages and abilities taught together, Burwell is a highly nurturing environment for young talent. For many people being at Burwell Bash has brought them increased confidence. For others it has had an entirely different, holistic or professional impact on their lives. This makes Burwell Bash a fantastic space for those new to folk and budding professionals alike to hone their skills and develop their talent.
Lizzy initially came to Burwell in 2002 under the tuition of Nancy Kerr on the fiddle course. Lizzy was captivated by what she had seen and applied to the Limerick folk degree. Since graduating, Lizzy returned to the course for a number of years as an assistant fiddle tutor. An accomplished and imaginative composer, Lizzy’s music has been recorded by our very own Brian Finnegan and is currently busy recording her own CD of compositions. Lizzy is now a sort after artist and photographer.
Rowan and Anna Rheingans first came to Burwell as children in the early 1990s. Growing up on the fiddle course their obvious talents flourished. Since leaving Burwell Bash in 2000, Rowan has gone on to form the female folk trio Lady Maisery and the award wining Songs of Separation. In the last 2 years Rowan and Anna have launched their own duo together, The Rheingans Sisters, winning an award for best original song in the 2016 Folk Awards.
Kate first came to Burwell Bash in 2005, playing guitar and fiddle but very soon it was her passion for traditional song that came through. Passionate about shanties, Kate left Burwell Bash to start the Newcastle folk degree, going on to form the A cappella quartet The Teacups with her fellow alumni, developing her unique take on tradition songs. This year Kate is launching her new trio, Nightfall, and touring the UK.