Fran McGillivray ( vocals & bass guitar ) and Mike Burke ( acoustic, electric & resonator guitars, mandola, mandolin & vocals) are exciting and compelling performers and songwriters with a strong following on the roots music scene.
Former founder members of the legendary Urban blues outfit So Long Angel, Fran and Mike have spent many years honing their craft and have developed a unique take on roots music and an amazing empathy on stage.
They have performed at many major festivals in Europe and the UK, and have shared the bill with artists such as Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Elvis Costello. They are regulars on the club and concert circuit, and on BBC and local music radio shows. Fran and Mike’s own vibrant and original songs are complemented by soulful, dynamic and powerful interpretations of songs from a broad range of genres from Americana through to Country and Blues
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke’s live shows and recordings reflect this diversity and have been widely acclaimed by reviewers across the roots spectrum:
“Splendid!” Paul Jones Radio 2
“Mighty good!” Maverick magazine
“A new twist on old music”. Rock ‘n’ Reel
“Beautifully delivered, a thoroughly enjoyable set” Blues Matters
“Very impressive”. Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“Fran at times sounds like a mix of Rory Block and Bonnie Raitt” Blues in Britain
“Heartbreakingly poignant one minute, rousingly upbeat the next” Colin Irwin, FRoots
Fran & Mike have recorded four CDs under their own names, and the latest is entitled “Midnight Call”.