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Review: Rosborough – Burn Blue

Derry-born Glenn Rosborough is no newbie on the Northern Irish music scene, but the new single Burn Blue released this week is his first offering in the incarnation that is simply ‘Rosborough’. He has always cited an eclectic mix of influences and that past steeped in music has clearly been time well spent as it’s resulted in his developing a compellingly seductive sound of his own.

Burn Blue is a gorgeously melodic track. The understated, atmospheric opening is reminiscent of Wild is the Wind era Bowie, exhibiting the controlled precision of his versatile vocals. The chorus has hints of Lloyd Cole at his best.

Throughout the song the incredible range that Rosborough demonstrates is impressive; that voice is a powerful instrument. The accompanying video is exactly what you want for this track. It’s a performance video; understated, no distractions from the music, just Rosborough and his guitar with suitably subdued lighting.

This song is bound to get loads of airplay as it is fantastically radio friendly but this is no throwaway pop ditty, it’s a great tune which bodes well for the highly anticipated album that is due out next year.



Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!