Martha Burns
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Martha Burns sings old-time American folk songs the old-time way. Heart songs, cowboy songs, tragic ballads and comic ditties – songs from the mountains and songs from the range. Songs from the earliest period of recorded country music and songs never sung in a studio. Her haunting voice is perfectly suited to her old-time repertoire. An accomplished guitarist, Martha’s accompaniments bring out the pith in a song. She has been singing and playing American folk music since Hoover was in the White House — well, almost — and has performed throughout North America and abroad.


"For me the highlight of the festival was discovering the lyrical old-timey song stylings of Martha Burns… Martha has a unique voice that cut through the air like a sharp rapier. If you get a chance to hear her, don’t pass it up!"
— Come for to Sing