Burgess & Pariselle on tour in France and England April/May 2016

On April 27 I'm off to start a tour of France and England with the inimitable Emmanuel Pariselle. Over two weeks we are playing an assortment of venues from pubs to folk clubs and private houses. 

Emmanuel Pariselle is a well-known figure in the folk scene on both sides of the Channel.  As an instrumentalist (on melodeon, one-row accordion, concertina and flutes) he has collaborated with artists like Marc Robine, Mairtin O’Connor and the group La Bergère, as well as in duos with Didier Oliver and Christian Maës. Emmanuel is also a celebrated songwriter. 

Together, we present a unique and eclectic repertoire of traditional and self-penned songs (in English, French, Norwegian and, on a good day, Italian…) in addition to dance tunes from all over.  

Here the tour dates:


27.4            Poitiers  TAC accoustique 8.pm

30.4           Acquigny, near Rouen   8.30 pm

1.5             House concert, Lille      8.30 pm


3.5             Oxford, Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Jericho 7.30 pm           

4.5             Duns Tew Parish Church  (near Oxford)  7.30 pm

5.5             Shoreham by Sea,   Ropetackle Centre  8.00 pm

6.5             Chippenham, Old Road Tavern  8.00 pm

7.5             Perranporth, Tywarnhayle Inn  (evening)

8.5             Perranporth, The Bolingey Inn  (lunchtime)


The sea never cries

In the summer of 2015 Rob Watling, an old friend from England, sent me a song text he was working on. It was prompted by the news that approx. 700 people had drowned during the night in an attempt to reach Europe from the coast of Libya in an unseaworthy boat. His text puts the refugee crisis in a wider historical context. After all, it's not the first time that desperate people undertake perilous journeys, for whatever reason. 

I started work on a  tune and in August Rob came over to Norway so that we could put the finishing touches to the song. 

In September I went to the Koster Islands in Sweden to record the song at the studio of double bass-player, sound engineer and all-round wonderful bloke Putte Johander. With the help of him, musicians Patrik Wingård and Sunniva Brynnel and backing vocals from Cecilie Wingård, Karolina Wingård and Johanna Johander, we made a recording of the song.

Everyone worked for nothing.

Later Rob has worked hard at putting together a video, using photos and film clips that have either been donated to the project or are in the public domain.

It remains to be seen what the project will lead to. We are trying to make it available to refugee organizations to use as they wish. 

Here's the video anyway. The song is also available on iTunes and on streaming services.