Thank you for the very nice review from Skope!
A Winter Gathering has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: Burns’ impressive band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Burns’s voice and overall look hit the mark remarkably well. She has the attributes required of an effective singer/songwriter. Third: her sound and the amazing combination her voice with Celtic overtones are impressive. All songs are a skillful combination of Celtic Folk against a Christmas theme. Burns’ voice will remind you of Shania Twain, Jewel, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and even Celine Dion. Burns has the voice and overall appeal (visually and vocally) to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about A Winter Gathering. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this catalogue truly is for the Holiday season. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable –when played in the right setting. All 12 tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Favorite Tracks: The Gathering, Winter Star, Carol of the Bells