Annie and Marie Burns — The Burns Sisters — create uplifting transcendent music filled with warmth and conviction. Stirring and reverent, their passionate and seductive vocals make for songs bursting with spirit and soul. The sibling duo from Ithaca, New York, have been gracing the Americana and folk music charts in the U.S. and Canada for 20 years.
On Saturday, Dec. 3 they will perform on the Chocolate Church stage following their opening act, Lara Tupper and Bobby Sweet, at 7:30 p.m.
Annie and Marie are two of 12 siblings born into a political and musical family in Binghamton, New York, and have been singing together since childhood. Their latest CD, “Looking Back, Our American Irish Souls,” brings together traditional Irish compositions and Annie and Marie's impassioned songs of Irish legend and history.
The Burns Sisters have shared the stage with many musical icons, including Arlo Guthie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Chris Thile, Willie Nelson and even the Boston Pops. The sisters are mainstays at The Woody Guthrie Folk Fest in Okemah, Oklahoma and have played venues from Carnegie Hall to the Grand Ole Opry; and from hills of Northern Thailand to the hills of County Clare, Ireland.
For more on these talented sisters, visit http://theburnssisters.com.
Vocalist Lara Tupper and guitarist/vocalist Bobby Sweet present spirited interpretations of folk and pop standards mixed with Bobby's original compositions - all with rich harmonies. Tupper studied jazz at Wesleyan University and for five years held performance residencies overseas for Hilton Hotels International. For further details, see her autobiographical novel, “A Thousand and One Nights.” Sweet, an award-winning singer-songwriter with six recorded CDs, recently returned from his fourth national tour with Arlo Guthrie. His songs have been featured in many TV shows and films, including “Nashville.”
Sweet met the Burns Sisters when they were back-up singers for an Arlo Guthrie tour and have been playing together ever since. Last month, Sweet and Tupper accompanied the Burns Sisters on their Songbirds Tour of Ireland (with County Clare native Kate Purcell, a finalist in Ireland's “The Voice” competition).
Tupper was born and raised in Boothbay and is the daughter of Jill and the late Stan Tupper. She is thrilled to be opening for The Burns Sisters at a venue she has known and loved since childhood - and with such talented musicians.
This review of Tupper and Sweet is from the Dailystar.com in June of this year: “Individually, Lara Tupper and Bobby Sweet are talented performers; together, they sing with heart and understanding of life and its path. Lara has performed all over the world, her candlelit voice evoking Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones, having a base in jazz and pop and drifting to folk. Her subtle nuances, both melodic and sung, pull you into each song. Bobby is a sixth generation musician and gifted guitarist. An award winning musician and songwriter, you may recognize some of the songs Bobby has written; these have been performed on several TV shows and movies.”
The Chocolate Church Arts Center is located at 804 Washington Street in Bath. Tickets, $15/advance and $18 at the door, can be purchased in advance through the box office: 207-442-8455.