THE GREAT PARK

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Stephen Burch is an English songwriter currently based in Germany.

He began making music whilst living on a remote farm in rural Ireland - using acoustic guitars, the family's piano, brooms and chains. His lyrical, narrative songs bear the influence of the fields of County Cork and the old streets of Berlin. Images of persecution abound, songs of urgent travel and a search for home - the unifying theme is that of grave drama within 'The Great Park'.

Stephen has played over 150 concerts each year for the past several years - touring Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark and the UK. He has released over 15 albums on the DIY label Woodland Recordings, a compilation through the German label Timezone, has provided music for several films and his songs have been covered on releases by Liz Green, The Sons of Noel And Adrian, Kristin McClement, Fee Reega, Squalloscope, Aaron Dall, Thirty Pounds of Bone and others.

He likes rooms with echo, train journeys, trams and girls on bicycles.

"...wonderful and bewitching...Every song a story, every story full of heartbreaking beauty. Beauty that is in the words, in the stories and often hidden behind terrible things that are getting told" (Nothing But Hope And Passion)

"The Great Park paints wide landscapes of longing, with small but forceful words. Romanticism weaves its ways through the lyrics – arms are fled from, losses felt, snows considered, darknesses breathed." (Diary Of An Unborn Writer) 

"Intimate morose folk songs, rooted in a strange personal world of fields and birds and love and persecution." (Southcoasting blog')

"...this is a journey, a misadventurer's odyssey; it's vivid, it's elemental and the wounds are exposed. The road is pitted and merciless, stark and unyielding. The engrossing imagery will draw you in and repeated listening reveals new musical and lyrical nuances." (Nigel Johnson)

"Ein kompromissloser Musiker, der mit bestätigtem Optimismus musiziert. Nicht, um davon zu leben, sondern, weil er dafür lebt." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"Dass die Folksongs nie ins Kitschige abdriften, hat auch mit Stephen Burchs Gesang zu tun, der alles andere als glatt ist. So zittrig, ja, brüchig kommt er oft daher, dass Conor Obersts Stil von den Bright Eyes dagegen schon fast geschliffen wirkt."
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"Ein Singer-Songwriter ist immer auch Poet. Und Burch ist ein ganz besonderer." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"Poesie, wie aus dem Leben gegriffen."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

"The Great Park besitzt großes lyrisches Talent… Neben seiner empfindsamen Stimme ist dies wohl auch die besondere Qualität des Musikers, die ihn aus der großen grauen Masse der Singer-Songwriter-Szene hervorstechen lässt. " (Laxmag.de)

"Großes Songwriter-Kino" (Kieler Nachrichten)

"Keine überladene Musik, alles ist fein abgestimmt, schnörkellos und reduziert auf das Elementare, so dass nichts den Blick verfälscht." (Kieler Nachrichten)

"Vordergründig neuromantischer Folk mit doppeltem Boden." (blackmagazin.com)

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Photo: Mina Reischer

Photo: Mina Reischer

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