Jessie Burns comes from a mix of English, Irish and American cultures and has explored the folk music of each of these countries from a young age, thanks to the encouragement of her large, musical family. She has lived on three continents and has traveled extensively and no matter where she has ended up, she’s found welcoming Irish and folk music groups to play with and form community. Her main instrument is the fiddle, but she also plays piano, tenor banjo and mandolin. She has a BA Honors in Anthropology from the University of Durham, England.
Since 1998, Jessie has worked in the performing arts arena, both on the stage as a Performer and behind the scenes as a Presenter, Music Festival Series Director, Record Producer, Recording Artist, Education Outreach Director, Youth at Risk Outreach Coordinator, Tour Manager and the list keeps growing!
Most recent adventures include six unforgettable years touring internationally for over 200 days a year with American-Irish Supergroup Gaelic Storm. Her work with the band included performing on, co-arranging and composing for three hit albums, “What’s the Rumpus”, “Cabbage” and “Chicken Boxer” each of which reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts.
Since leaving the band to start a family, Jessie is busy as a session musician and teaches fiddle both at home and at music camps nationwide. She is committed to helping kids and adults get access to rewarding musical experiences and education.
Jessie can be heard on recordings with Gaelic Storm on What’s the Rumpus, Cabbage and Chicken Boxer, Gregory Alan Isakov’s “That Sea the Gambler”, The Mollie O’Brien Band, Leah Joy, Pete Kartsounes, Jon Sousa, The Boulder Irish Session, Christel Rice, Jefferson Hamer, Patrick Heister, Rich Zimmerman and many more.