Emily Burgess & The Emburys were named ‘Best New Group’ at The Maple Blues Awards in 2019, but don’t expect a traditional blues band when you hear them! At the heart of this Peterborough, Ontario trio is creative songwriting, harmonies, and a group sound that is as dynamic as it is inventive.
Emily Burgess (guitar/vocals), and Marcus Browne (drums/vocals) have steered the ship of this mighty little group since 2017, with Dawson McManus joining on bass in 2019.
In very short order, the band has travelled every direction, criss-crossing the continent from Electric City, WA to Hubbards, NS, from Thunder Bay, ON to Atlanta, GA, wowing audiences with their big sound and unassuming nature.
The trio is guided, influenced, and inspired by renowned American/Canadian rockers, The Weber Brothers, who produced Burgess’ first album ‘Are We in Love?’. CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau called the album “A Big Winner”, and “Empowering”. John Valenteyn of The Maple Blues Newsletter wrote“…she has a knack for writing attractive tunes that feature her biting lead guitar…a combination not often heard”. The album was #18 on Stingray Blues Channel’s most played albums of 2018, and featured in Joe Bonamassa’s blog ‘Blues Bands to check out in 2018’.
The group is primed and ready to roll out the red carpet for a brand new 11-track album they have been pouring over for the last year… ‘Never-Ending Fling’ is due out October 2019.
Band Photo by Karol Orzechowski
Emily Burgess graduated with honours from Humber College’s prestigious music program at twenty-two years old, majoring in guitar. Direct from the hallways to the roadways, Emily began touring Canada and the U.S with the JUNO nominated 24th Street Wailers. 8 years and hundreds of shows later, she fronting her own band, The Emburys, and playing guitar with many different acts across Canada. Emily has shared the stage and traded riffs with guitar greats Jimmie Vaughan, John Primer, Garrett Mason, Suzie Vinnick, Sue Foley, and Sam Weber, among others. Burgess wrote two songs and took guitar duties for 2015’s JUNO nominated album “Wicked” by The 24th Street Wailers.
Since 2014, Emily has toured year-round with ‘The Baddest Band in the Land’, The Weber Brothers, bringing her constantly evolving approach and style to the band.
As a guitarist for the Women’s Blues Revue Band since 2014, Emily has had the opportunity to take her place alongside many of Canada’s top musicians at Toronto’s legendary Massey Hall every November.
In November 2017, Burgess released her debut solo album ‘Are We In Love?’, produced by The Weber Brothers. CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau calls the album “Empowering” and “A Big Winner”. John Valenteyn of The Maple Blues Newsletter writes “…she has a knack for writing attractive tunes that feature her biting lead guitar…a combination not often heard”. He adds that the album is “Gorgeously produced”.
Joined by the dynamic combination of brothers Rico and Marcus Browne on bass and drums respectively, Emily Burgess and The Emburys are currently performing in support of the new album.