Marian Burns MNZM - BIOGRAPHY
Fiddling her way across the world at 100 miles an hour, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with the Blarney Castle and the Grand Ole Opry in between, Marian Burns has been taking the world by storm with her exuberance and passion for music.
This dynamic New Zealand artist is racking up awards faster than her version of the Orange Blossom Special (and that’s bloody fast, mate!), taking home New Zealand’s prestigious “Benny Award” at the 2012 Variety Artists Awards, Australia’s “Best Fiddler as a Soloist” at the 2013 Golden Fiddle Awards and presented with the “Life Time Achievement Award” upon celebrating 40 years of playing the violin.
Quickly becoming one of New Zealand’s iconic entertainers, she fittingly toured with the “Highway of Legends” and has shared the stage with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Dr. John, Beccy Cole and The Topp Twins while performing at music festivals such as WOMAD (NZ) and Tamworth (AUS) and playing to audiences numbering over 100,000 at “Coca Cola’s Christmas in the Park”.
Her album, “The Paris Sessions”, was recorded in France with renowned producer Jean Alain Roussel (Sting, Cat Stevens) and has already been awarded Australia’s “Best Album by Fiddler as a Soloist”.
Living and breathing the music running through her veins since she first picked up a violin at the age of 6, Marian’s unstoppable energy and joy sweeps you up in her path. Her electric live performance that she is famous for will take you on a foot-stomping, hand-clapping musical ride and leave you trying to catch your breath!
Marian received massive support from the wider New Zealand community when she was recently awarded a Gong on Queen's Birthday weekend, 2018, acknowledging her dedication to Services to Music. Marian is now a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
"SONGS FOR KIDS"- MARIAN BURNS
Award-winning musician and irrepressible entertainer Marian Burns returns with her 6th album release, this being her first children's album - “Songs for Kids”!
With 30 years of experience working as an primary / Intermediate school music teacher and conducting choirs of 500 kids at the annual APPA concert event held at Auckland Town Hall, Marian has brought her sense of fun, her bubbly personality and her extensive knowledge of how children learn through music to this exciting new project. While creating these fresh, new songs for kids, she has also invited her young students to participate and perform the songs along with her on this album, ensuring that all children can confidently sing along. With songs like “Worm Farm”, Bubbles and Bubbles”, "Go Go Nana" and "Pirates Off To Sea", there will be plenty of giggles for the whole family, as well as songs like, “Beautiful Soldier” and “Nurses of ANZAC” that honour our history and begin conversations for parents and grandparents to share with the next generation.
Be prepared to sing, clap, dance, learn and laugh along with Marian Burns and her “Songs for Kids”!
AWARDS AND QUALIFICATIONS
2019 Nominated for Recorded Music NZ Best Children's Artist: Songs For Kids and APRA Best Children's Song: "Bubbles and Bubbles"
2018 M.N.Z.M (formerly MBE) Queen's Honours List - Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Music
2014 Nominated for Recorded Music N.Z. Best Country Album - The Paris Sessions and Nominated Best Country Song:
"Finger In Too Many Pies"
2013 “Best Fiddler as a Soloist” – Golden Fiddle Awards - Tamworth, Australia
2013 “Best CD by a Fiddler as a soloist” for “The Paris Sessions
Golden Fiddle Awards: Tamworth, Australia
2012 “Benny Award” Winner – Variety Artist Club of New Zealand
2012 “A.P.R.A. Uke Can Do It” Songwriting Competition for Best Song: “The Worm Farm Song."
2010 “Life Time Achievement Award” at the Golden Fiddle Awards: Tamworth, Australia
2010 Finalist in the Golden Fiddle Awards Three Nominations:
Best Fiddle Album – “Just Fiddlin’ Around”
Best Fiddle Teacher at the Golden Fiddle
2009 “The Agnew Excellence Award” by the Varity Artist Club of N.Z.
2009 “Top Musician of the Year” – by the Variety Artist Club of N.Z.
2009 “Top Female Artist” by the Kiwi Pro Am – NCMA Organisation
2004 “Scroll of Honour” Awarded by the Variety Artist Club of N.Z.
2000 “Sing a Song TVNZ” Winning Entry in National Competition
Maggie’s Garden Show Theme performed by Marina View
1997 “Showcase” Series: Semi Finalist and Winner of the Public Vote on T.V.N.Z
1993 “NZ Country Music Entertainer of the Year” – Overall Winner
1993 “Auckland Country Music Awards Winner”
Senior Vocal Group Winner: Jeannine Beatie, David Reid, Pat Olsen & Marian Burns
Best Country Instrumentalist
Best Entertainer Award
Overall Runner- up with Vocal Group. (as above)
1986 Associate of Trinity College of London – Violin A.T.C.L
1986 Diploma of Teaching: Auckland College of Education