Burd Ellen uses British and international traditional song to explore narrative and sound in a contemporary setting.
Debbie Armour was brought up on Mull and is now a Glasgow based musician, working primarily with traditional song. Broadly, her work is motivated by ideas of persistence, resonance and deep cultural roots. In her primary project, Burd Ellen, she uses British and international traditional song to explore narrative and sound in a contemporary setting. She is also a founder member of critically acclaimed contemporary acapella group Green Ribbons. Her work is multilingual, with releases in English, Scots, Gaelic and Welsh. Debbie has worked with prominent contemporary artists such as Angharad Davies and Aine O’Dwyer, and appeared live in session on BBC Radios 3 and Scotland. She has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, Celtic Connections, Cafe OTO and ALICE Copenhagen, amongst many other appearances. Her most recent release was named a Top 10 Folk Album of 2020 by The Guardian. In addition to her performance work, Debbie develops and delivers a variety of community projects.