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Dec 8, 2011 - 7:37 pm
Reviews & Features for A Winter Gathering by Shauna Burns
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'Imagine a wintry day during Christmas season. Inside a pub, locally or abroad, a Celtic pianist and vocalist regales locals and travelers alike with traditional soundscapes. In wander onlookers, seeking smiles, shelter from the snow and a warm drink. The music is so peaceful that listeners, stiffened from shivering in the outdoor elements, instantly relax and unwind. Soon, the warmth and smiles generated by the heartfelt performance literally chase away the damp and cold. This scene is created to perfection in Shauna Burns' latest offering, 'A Winter Gathering', an album that works just as well on a wintertime romantic evening for two or a family Christmas gathering. Shauna eclectically melds the worlds of traditional holiday standards, a few originals and a Celtic theme into a perfectly organic and lovely crafted amalgamation of both art and folk music.' - Michael Canter from JiveWired

'Shauna Burns' 'A Winter Gathering' resembles nothing so much as a mid-December snowfall. Throughout the album, each note from her piano hangs in mid-air for a moment, glimmering in moonlight, before falling comfortably to become a part of winter's veil. The album serves equally well as the telling of the Christmas Story--from the appearance of the 'Winter Star' to the birth of the Christ child and the rejoicing which followed. 'A Winter Gathering' should have broad appeal and I'd recommend it unreservedly to fans of sounds as diverse as George Winston, Tori Amos, Pentangle, Sarah McLachlan, and Enya. While you'll hear hints of these and assorted other artists and styles, Shauna has a sound and style that is all her own. For 'A Winter Gathering', Shauna steeped herself in the ancient carols with the intention of breathing fresh life into them.' - Stubby's House of Christmas

'Artists who choose to do a Christmas album really have to bring something a little different to the table to make it worthwhile for the listener. Burns' brooding style on A Winter Gathering delivers just that with refreshingly intense treatments of some well-known tunes. If you want to get the difference between her settings and the usual fluff, turn straight to the one non-Christmas song on the album and you'll hear it immediately. 'What A Wonderful World' becomes richly ironic under her fingers. Her singing and the words are hopeful, but somehow the piano is full of doubt, as if it can't quite buy into the pretty meaning of the words. 'What A Wonderful World' is just one example of the strong piano playing on this CD. The arrangements are tastefully restrained, yet powerful. There's none of the excess of, say, The Transiberian Orchestra, yet the music never fails to convey the deep feelings that Burns is attempting to communicate. Her stunning rendition of “Carol of the Bells” is another great example of this style on piano as well as vocally, and all by itself it's worth the price of the album. Not all of the music is gloomy, though. Track 5, 'Luma,' is simply beautiful. Here traditional 'Celtic style' ornamentation meets a Classical sensibility, and that's just during the piano introduction. When she begins to sing 'Luma,' it becomes like a children's choral anthem, as she adapts her voice to a pure, flute-like sound to fulfill the meaning of the song. I encourage you to not miss out on A Winter Gathering, because you've probably never heard a Christmas recording quite like it. Let the old songs become something new in your ears (as they have here for Burns), and enjoy!' - Donny Harvey from

'After four albums Shauna Burns returns with her Celtic flavored Christmas album 'A Winter Gathering'. Throughout her career she has been inspired by many cultures which you will be able to hear on her new collection of newfangled carols and original songs. She worked together with her husband, drummer James Clark, a five piece vocal choir and guest artists who play different instruments. By bringing unique new elements and sounds to her trademark style, she invited you to dig into herself to uncover a next musical adventure.' - Music Remedy

'For folks into the Christmas season this album presents some absolutely lovely music... Shauna Burns already has a warm and loyal following and A Winter Gathering will no doubt please her fans and bring in legions more. These intricate Celtic-inspired songs are heartfelt and produced to perfection. And at the center of the tunes is Shauna's cool subtle voice... a voice so pure it almost gives you chills. So if you're into the holiday season and want to hear an album presenting the holiday spirit from a different perspective, Gathering will no doubt be your soundtrack for the 2011 season. Twelve cuts here including 'Winter Star,' 'The First Noel,' 'What A Wonderful World,' and 'Carol of the Bells.' - Baby Sue

'Like her 2008 effort, 'The Moon and the Fire Circle,' Burns takes listeners on an almost mystical journey, complete with atmospheric Celtic influences that accentuate several traditional holiday favorites. From the piano driven 'Carol of the Bells' to the fast paced and lyrically different 'The First Noel,' Burns makes the standards sound fresh and alive. One of the strongest selections, 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,' features a unique and interesting vocalization that reminded me of singer Kate Bush. Shauna Burns possesses a vocal talent that exhibits a gentle strength, which is appropriate for the traditional holiday offerings highlighted on 'A Winter Gathering.' While the arrangement for 'White Christmas' is not necessarily different from what I am used to hearing, Burns delivers an exceptional vocal performance and the selection is my favorite of the dozen songs included here. 'A Winter Gathering' concludes with instrumental versions of 'Carol of Bells' and 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,' which allows listeners to ease out of the journey that they have just experienced on this solid, atmospheric effort.' - Don, PopCultureGuy

'This is the perfect CD to listen to during the upcoming holiday season. The instrumentals were very calming and soothing. Shauna’s voice was pitch perfect and fit nicely to the theme of the cd. My favorite songs were “Luma” and “The Gathering” because of all the emotion and feelings Shauna puts into the lyrics and the instrumentals... I am planning on playing this CD at my Christmas Party and I know it will bring a lot of holiday cheer to everyone. The CD is more on the traditional side, but I can’t get enough of Shauna’s voice and the relaxing instrumentals. The harp and piano really set the mood for the whole CD.' - Paul Arca, Shakefire

''A Winter Gathering' is a nearly flawless, beautiful listening experience. Ms. Burns performances on vocal and piano define the mood from the opening 'Winter Star' through the album's closing piece, an instrumental version of 'God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen'. She is joined by musicians on percussion, Celtic Harp, Cello, and even Penny Whistle and Uilleann Pipes. Together, the cast of artists complete the vision of a mystical, magical Winter's night. What is most striking is the song selection and sequencing. Ms. Burns' songs form a journey through a night, following a star. In her hands, 'White Christmas' becomes not a reminiscence but a hope for the future. 'What a Wonderful World' is a capstone message of joy following 'The Gathering'. Perhaps a gathering at a stable some 2000 years ago? These songs take on new meaning in this setting, different than their traditional secular place in the world of Christmas music. 'Silent Night', one of the most challenging songs for an artist to capture and make their own, is another highlight. Ms. Burns performance is one of ethereal beauty, and truly striking. Preceding and paired with 'The First Noel', these songs provide a climax to the album, followed by the four-song denouement to bring the record to a close. I have to give a nod to the production. Shauna Burns and James Clark, with Sean O'Dwyer, have given us a gem for the Christmas season. Without the vision and drive of the producers, an artist's work will not reach its potential. Not the case here - kudos to the producers. I highly recommend 'A Winter Gathering'. Once your Christmas tree is up, turn off the house lights and let the Christmas tree lights softly illuminate the room, queue up this abum, and enjoy it in the quiet solitude of a Christmas evening. For me, that describes the time and place for this amazing record.' - Merry and Bright!

'From start to A Winter Gathering by Shauna Burns does exactly what it’s supposed to - put you in a festive mood for Christmas. It’s strong suit - how well Burns makes this Christmas classic her own via a truly brilliant musical interpretation of the songs. This is not a cheesy Christmas compilation that was cut and pasted together for the sake of Karaoke. It clearly goes beyond that. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalogue. All pieces are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove and musical personality to call its own. The playing abilities of everyone involved is rock solid. Last but not least the vocal presence and impressive piano playing virtuoso of Shauna Burns just makes the whole thing work. She is an artist that clearly possess talent, but above all she knows how to play the piano, sing you a song, and occupy a very special place in your heart each and every Christmas. ' - Indie Music Digest

'Burns ethereal vocal delivery and perfect blend of the piano in sweeping movements seguing into quiet passages both inspire warmth and wonder. With tasteful percussion and drums, in addition to the other instruments that set the ‘feel’ of a welcome refuge from the storm, make this a fresh, yet old fashioned Christmas album. Give it a listen. A Winter Gathering with friends, family and neighbors is what the season should be all about.' - Robert Carraher from The Dirty Lowdown

'I have reviewed a lot of holiday music over the last few years. From rock influenced songs to jazz and pop tinted songs, a lot of artists put their own spin on the classic tunes. But I never expected an album of holiday music from Shauna Burns. Her music is more of an earthy, expansive ethereal style. I've reviewed a couple of things from Shauna and found her music unique. That is why I was a bit surprised at her recording an album of Christmas / winter holiday songs... Shauna begins the album with an interlude that is typical of her style. Slightly heavenly and lilting, the title of the interlude is Winter Star. From there Shauna gives her own folk tint to the classic holiday song, Carol Of The Bells. The piano fits well as Shauna is a great pianist. The cello and the backing vocals bring a cool sound to the song. Parts of the song have an aching, heart rending tone. Breathy and gentle, Shauna does a good job with White Christmas... The song that I probably liked most was God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Shauna's vocals reminded me of Candice Night of Blackmore's Night... I guess I shouldn't have been surprised at Shauna Burns recording a winter holiday album. After all, we supposedly celebrate the birth of Christ to coincide with the winter solstice. The pairing of traditional holiday songs and Shauna's unique style makes this an album well worth listening to.' - Bruce Von Stiers

'An other-worldly Celtic feel with Burns on piano and vocals, emanates the softness of falling snow and the celebration of a quiet, peaceful winter holiday. Reaching and moving. Evokes a spiritual listening experience, probing and hypnotic. An extraordinary way to enjoy the musical pleasures of the holiday season. - Southwest Flair Music Feature and Blog Feature

Oct 14, 2011 - 12:49 am

One of the most dynamic and critically acclaimed multi-talents on today's indie music scene, singer songwriter Shauna Burns continues on a spiritually driven musical adventure that blossomed on her breakthrough 2008 recording The Moon and The Fire Circle and continued on 2009's Anamnesis EP. Inviting longtime fans and newcomers alike to celebrate the holiday season, Burns describes her latest musical venture, the Celtic flavored A Winter Gathering, as a new journey for her - a collection of newfangled carols and original songs performed by her with her husband, drummer James Clark (who also co-produces) and guest performers Caroline Kemper (Celtic harp), Rick Kemper (Uilleann pipes & pennywhistle), Lindsey Springer (cello), Ryan Whyte Maloney (guitar, backing vocals) and a five piece vocal choir.

Bringing unique new elements and sounds to her trademark style, Burns offers new twists to classic songs like "Carol of the Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and "Silent Night" and includes three short original "breath point" pieces she calls "Songscapes." She includes "White Christmas" as a tribute to her mother Joyce (who always played and sang it at holiday times when Burns was growing up) and also a compelling rendition of Clark's favorite song "What A Wonderful World."

The singer describes the concept this way: "Winter Star," the first "songscape," is the star in the East that the shepherds see in "The First Noel"; Burns sings Gaelic words that speak about this bright new presence. The star travels through the other songs starting with "Carol of the Bells," descends to earth in "White Christmas" through fire and "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" through desert. "Luma," the second songscape, is loosely based on "Ave Maria" and represents the "light" breath. "Silent Night" holds the grounding axis of the album with its everlasting melody and frequency. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" holds the place of the strong anchor.

"The Gathering," the third songscape, "gathers" the songs, family and friends near and leads the listener into "What a Wonderful World," the resolution. Speaking whimsically, Burns considers the instrumental versions of "Carol of the Bells" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" as the end as "little cherries on top."

The Las Vegas based singer's blend of ethereal vocals and sweeping piano and percussion driven atmospheres launched her early singles "Pink Girl" and "Petunia" to major success in the Triple AAA radio format. "Pink Girl" was also chosen as the #1 indie single from the MAACP Radio show. Burns' debut album Every Thought, which declared "a newfangled fusion that will ignite a spark that will be hard to replicate," was also selected as one of the Top CDs of 2005 by Collected Sounds, a popular taste making website celebrating independent musicians. It was chosen for "Best of the Batch" from the Music Industry News Network and featured on,, Billboard, VH1, Artist Direct, AOL Music and Fox TV, among other outlets. The Moon and the Fire Circle, a richly thematic and ultimately healing work that offered an emotional bridge between darkness and light, met with similar success. Its first single "Around You" reached #7 on the FMQB AC Chart, was one of WCH Radio's "Top Songs for 2008" and hit #1 on "Song Vault Radio." The collection was selected "Best of 2008" by Collected Sounds and The Promise Live. Radio Crystal Blue also chose Burns as one of the "Top Recording Artists of the Year 2008." Conceived as an extension of the music on The Moon and the Fire Circle, Burns' follow-up five track EP Anamnesis included songs that relate in some way to each of the five senses (including "Smell").

Over the past few years, Burns has enchanted audiences at clubs and Borders Stores across the U.S. and in the U.K. (where she toured early in 2007) with songs from her debut and its follow-up five song EP Desert Tune, which featured songs that overflowed from the first album's sessions. Her first tour in support of her debut was 40 dates and she embarked on a subsequent jaunt of 20 dates from coast to coast during the summer and fall of 2007. The success of The Moon and the Fire Circle - and its vibe of folk rock with Celtic influences--opened up exciting new opportunities on the festival circuit. She has performed at Renaissance Fairs in Utah and Texas; the Phoenix Faerie Festival; Green Girl Music and Arts Festival in Las Vegas; Celtic Festival in Texas; and Medieval Mayhem in Show Low, Arizona.

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Apr 8, 2010 - 1:33 pm
CD Baby Feature for Shauna Burns' Anamnesis
Some super exciting news ~ Anamnesis was featured in the February 2010 CD Baby Folk Newsletter! It's in the "Featured Playlist: Celtic Fusion Folk" section. Thank you so much to CD Baby for all your kindness and support of the music!

Shauna Burns on CD Baby
Jan 7, 2010 - 6:52 pm
Shauna Burns : Anamnesis Press Round Up for 2009

Best of 2009
Collected Sounds : Best of 2009 ~ Anamnesis
Sonic Jive : Top Songs of 2009 ~ 'Driving Far' #6
Paul Franco : Best Music of 2009 ~ 'Wind' and Anamnesis

'Weekend is here again. What can be better just forgetting about life's hectic schedules and just listen to music or going some place where the grasses are green and the sun never sets. Here is one American artist and her name is Shauna Burns. She is the Celtic Tori Amos with a flair of Loreena McKennitt's penchant for rousing the ancient spirit. Two full length albums from her are available: Anamnesis and The Moon and the Fire Circle. You can learn more through her official MySpace page. Enjoy your tea.' - The Celtic Music Fan

Read the interview with 'Crazy John' Kerecz in Origivation Magazine.

Listen to the interview with 'Crazy John' on OSH Radio.

Listen to the interview with Barbara Bruce's show Believe.

Eclectic Mix Music Feature (Show #231)

Shauna Burns talks to Rockwired about her latest EP Anamnesis, doing Renaissance Fairs and her ambition to be a voice on King of the Hill. - Brian Lush, Rockwired

Anamnesis Reviews
'Lush electronic and acoustic arrangements are combined to provide the foundation for Shauna Burns' voice in the gently delivered and progressively styled opening track 'Smell.' The well-executed textural change between the chorus and verse is tremendously dramatic. The rocking electric guitars in 'A Letter' work perfectly with Shauna's percussive Tori Amos-styled piano work. And in fact, this upbeat track is certain to draw many double takes from staunch Amos fans, especially with Tori's brand new release. The instrumental bridge has a wonderful piano solo. Much gentler and sung atop a lone piano, Shauna delivers in her own distinct vocal style the sensitive ballad 'Wind.' We especially appreciated the stark combination of piano with Shauna's voice in this lovely mid-EP track. The album's standout is 'Driving For.' The light arrangement with crisp percussion and rhythmic piano perfectly supports Shauna's evocative vocal delivery. While a light harmony layer sneaks in from time to time on this EP, including this track, Shauna's lead vocal is typically sung solo. 'So tell me ...' is the EP's closing track. The darkness of the piano-based ballad is underscored by string parts. Anamnesis is a lovely five track collection that will tide Shauna Burns' fans over until her next full length release. The album is available from a variety of online outlets. With this short playing release, the artist shows us that she has clearly established her stride, audience following and musical style that will continue to build and draw interest from enthusiasts worldwide.' - Musical Discoveries

'The new 5-song EP by Shauna Burns is an intended continuation of her 2008 full-length album, The Moon and The Fire Circle. Anamnesis is her latest Pop effort that is saturated with melancholy with the loss of love, its lingering memories, and other very personal thoughts encapsulated within perfect piano-driven songs. What makes Burns' dark pieces work so well are their atmospheric compositions. With haunted vocals, effectively ethereal music, and a delivery that makes you believe every word, Anamnesis is a fantastic work. The first song, 'Smell' is well crafted with its pained recollection of something lost, never to be found again. It's serious enough to grab you into its depths and keep you there. It's followed by the sprightly 'A Letter,' softened by the lyrically minimal ballad, 'Wind,' and then crowned by the remaining two, (the extraordinary release of 'Driving Far,' and the heart-rending 'So Tell Me...'). Anamnesis is a stunning work of an artist in full control of her art. With music above much of what we hear today, the sound of emotional outcry, and intriguing lyrics, Shauna Burns is a singer-songwriter that should be in the full view of an appreciating public. Shauna Burns is very highly recommended.' - Matt Rowe, Music Tap

'Shauna Burns has created a haunting masterpiece with her five-song EP titled Anamnesis. Each track builds on the next one giving fans a wonderful taste of what Shauna has to offer. What is especially appealing about Anamnesis is Shauna's dynamic voice that will instantly melt your heart when you hear her sing. Another strong aspect about Shauna's Anamnesis is the incorporation of piano that helps fuse a unique sound. If you are a fan of Tori Amos and other powerful female Singer/Songwriters like Tori, then Shauna Burns will be a welcome addition to this list of great female artists. The EP is an achievement of one's vision. Shauna will mesmerize you the very moment you hear her sing. Anamnesis gets a well-deserved A+ - Go out and buy this CD already, you will not be disappointed!' - Isaac Davis Jr, Junior's Cave

'The ethereal feel to the opening track on Shauna Burns's five-song EP, Anamnesis, is genuinely uplifting, with a warmth and richness brought to it by Burns that many artists only dream of possessing. 'A Letter' turns the volume up a little more and is very Tori Amos-like, with adept piano work exhibited. 'Wind,' my favorite track on the CD, was a standout that brought out the best in Burns's voice, which here sounds simultaneously soft and powerful. And 'Driving Far' is altogether different, with more of a grown-up pop element infused in it, similar to the work of artists like Kate Bush. Overall, Anamnesis is beautiful work, and Shauna Burns does the singer-songwriter genre proud. I wish there were more artists like her working today.' - JC Chute, The Celebrity Cafe

'Anamnesis (Ancient Greek: 'recollection, reminiscence' literally 'loss of forgetfulness') is a term used in medicine, philosophy, psychoanalysis and religion. So how does this term relate to Shauna Burns and her new EP? Ms. Burns is never one to bring something to the table that is simple and clearly defined. She opts for the complexity of the inner sanctum we call the mind. Within that entire process are her words and music that will instantly transport their way there into where your thoughts may be lingering and festering, in need of nourishment. On this five song EP Shauna Burns reminds us of her haunting and beautiful vocals and how easy it is to be entranced by the musical web she weaves with a fascinating blend of folk, Celtic and rock music. Each song seamlessly leads to the next inviting you in and becoming intrinsically connected to one another. Before you know it the music stops and you wonder where the time went, it is like a bat of an eyelash, a spec in the universe that came and went. Even though Anamnesis is a short journey Shauna Burns makes the best of her time once again and delivers the goods in convincing fashion. One can only hope that this is a precursor to something bigger right around the corner.' - Keith 'MuzikMan' Hannaleck
May 6, 2009 - 11:51 am
Press Release
Shauna Burns Releases 5 Song EP Anamnesis On Red Rock Music

Shauna Burns continues her aural assault of the senses with a new EP titled Anamnesis. The 5 track recording is an extension of her full length album The Moon and the Fire Circle (2008).


Apr 14, 2009 - Hollywood, CA -- Shauna Burns continues her aural assault of the senses with a new EP titled Anamnesis. The 5 track recording is an extension of her full length album The Moon and the Fire Circle (2008).

Shauna's ethereal vocals and beautiful piano developed while growing up in Miami, Florida. Inspired by her mother's love for the piano, her songwriting thrived and when she headed west for college her development continued due to tremendous support and excitement for her work. It has been a non-stop ride for Shauna since then and every music related project pushes her to another level.

Today Shauna returns strongly with Anamnesis, featuring haunting beautiful vocals matched with her crisp piano playing. Shauna becomes one with the words and music and draws the listener into each story instantaneously. This effective melding of her soul and music reaches each listener on an individual level and continues to resonate in every circle of the music industry.

Shauna's previous work was chosen for "Best of the Batch" from the Music Industry News Network and featured on, Billboard, VH1, Artist Direct, AOL Music, Fox TV and countless others. There is no doubt that all the recognition and honors will continue with the release of Anamnesis.

The highly anticipated Anamnesis will be available April 21st. Visit the Shauna Burns website for more information on the new release and her back catalog, sound samples, pictures, and other interesting media.