Burd Ellen is a new solo project from Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons,) featuring Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Electroscope). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere.
Burd Ellen self-released their debut album SILVER CAME in Feb 2019, on limited edition CD. A record exploring women's narratives in British folk song, SILVER CAME investigates ideas of persistence, defiance, devotion and transformation.
Collaborating with artists such as Luke Sutherland (Mogwai, Rev Magnetic) and Jayne Dent (MeLostMe), the group are carving out a sonically adventurous niche, but one that is informed by a deep love and respect for traditional song.
"this is a record which rapidly establishes its credentials as the work of a significant artist" - fRoots Magazine
"the idea of Burd Ellen is to discover new ways to explore the British folk tradition and this record certainly accomplishes that ... haunting" - The Wire Magazine
"the sonic equivalent of Ingmar Bergman's immaculate Winter Light" - Stewart Gardiner, Concrete Islands