Michael Burnham


Michael’s Biog.


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Mike studied violin at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music, London under the distinguished violinist and teacher, Nicholas Roth. His classical training helped Mike in his appreciation and understanding of Celtic Folk and World Music, which has always run parallel with his classical playing. Mike believes that good music, whatever the genre, should be appreciated and enjoyed. He has done much to break down the musical barriers with his eclectic taste in music. During his career he has played with many well-known orchestras and musicians including Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy (in the pub), Aly Bain, Dave Swarbrick and Ric Sanders.

Mike may be booked for concerts and festivals as a solo artist, with his musical partner Meg Lawrie or with The Red Violin Duo. (See below).

The Red Violin Duo

Red Violin’s repertoire is influenced by Folk-Roots, Early and Renaissance styles of music. If a single word were to describe their performance it would be ‘captivating.’ The combination of guitar and violin is used to magical effect. Stylish arrangements of Folk Roots music, reworking of old lute music from the 17th century and some original composition make Red Violin a favourite with audiences. 

Red Violin Duo are available for concert engagements; venues such as  churches and medium sized halls are most successful. The duo are also available to play at Early Music Festivals, Folk  Festivals, corporate events and weddings. Check them out HERE.




The American folk-roots magazine ‘Dirty Linen’ describes the duo in a recent review:

Aranmore play with natural warmth and feeling with the elegant sound of chamber music, while remaining true in spirit to the tradition.’


Meg, an All England and Ireland champion ballad singer, has now joined forces with Mike Burnham, a virtuoso violinist who plays Celtic folk music with great ease and style. Mike champions the music of legendary fiddler James Scott-Skinner and Irish composer, Turloch O’Caralan  Mike received sensational reviews back in 1999 for his C.D. ’Sarona’ featuring Skinner’s music. Since then, Aranmore have played at many U.K. festivals, including the Cropredy festival 2003, with the great Dave Swarbrick and Fairport Convention playing to an audience of 18,000.


The duo’s strength lies in their versatility; whether at a large or small venue, country church, or conference; they stand and deliver.

Meg and Mike recently toured the Netherlands and Italy, giving concerts near Venice and Rome. A new C.D. entitled ‘Ancient Stones’, is in preparation for release in November of this year, and will feature traditional songs and music, as well as contemporary and original compositions by Meg .


Aranmore are all round musicians, who play at large or small venues and have programmes to suit most types of events, including festivals, concerts, folk clubs and workshops.


Through the Mike Burnham World Music Network, Aranmore can be augmented to incorporate other musicians in any combination.


Varied programmes are available with audience participation  e.g. group activities to include composing a company song.


Mike and Meg are both committed Christians and like to share their gifts of music. They are available without charge for spiritual music concerts (subject to work schedule). For further details see our Website www.aranmore.co.uk

Comments & Press Reviews

‘Meg and Mike, superb as always.’

Dave Swarbrick


“The festival crowd loved Aranmore, so I invited them for a second time.’

Barry Yates, Burntwood Folk Festival, 2004


“Music which is Exciting and easy to listen to, a sound that Scott Skinner would have relished.”

Paul Burgess

“Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Mike, he really is a fine musician - Recommended.”

The Living Tradition

“The magical mixture of the then and now makes the best in modern folk.”

Taplas Magazine

“Mike’s performance flows with a marvellous alacrity and seamless musical authority, especially on the slow airs. Another masterclass.”


“Mike Burnham is without question an exceptionally talented and gifted fiddle player.”

The Living Tradition

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