Moon River – new single



Listen ‘Moon River’ HERE
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Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns and British fingerstyle guitarist Martin Taylor are releasing today a new single, ‘Moon River,’ ahead of the release of their forthcoming album, Songs for Nature, set for June 5th via P3 Music.

The duo explains the story behind this legendary jazz standard and their approach to it in a new video, available here.

More than just a collection of timeless jazz standards, “Songs for Nature”serves as a heartfelt tribute to the beauty of the natural world and the creative souls it has influenced. The album emerges as a beacon of hope amidst today’s environmental challenges. In an era of global environmental upheaval, the redemptive power of music carves out a sanctuary of solace, a theme resonating deeply in “Songs for Nature”. Marking its release on World Environment Day, on June 5th, this album stands as a tribute to the enduring bond between music and nature. Watch Alison Burns & Martin Taylor explaining the concept of the album and talking about the making of it here.

When every action towards environmental preservation counts, Alison and Martin’s “Songs for Nature” will inspire a gentler, kinder, more sustainable interaction with our planet.

“This album is not just about great love but more about the protection of all animals and nature”. – states Alison Burns. “Through the timeless music and enchanting lyrics of these carefully hand-picked songs, we began to create a musical love letter to the natural world. The beauty and delicate balance of nature become ever clearer when we see ourselves as a part of it and not apart from it so as not to be indifferent to animals and the planet’s precious ecosystems”.

Martin Taylor adds: “Alison and I are both very passionate about nature, the environment, and the protection of all animal and plant life. This music reflects our love of nature and the gratitude we feel for being born on this unique planet. We are surrounded by miracles, and we are part of that miracle. We share this music to remind ourselves of the importance of being in harmony with nature and, through that connection, seeing our place within this miracle”.

Alison Burns brings a smoky, sultry, and understated delivery that seems tailor-made for the intimate embrace of a dimly lit jazz club yet has enthralled everyone from exuberant music festival attendees to British royalty.

Martin Taylor, described by Pat Metheny as one of the most spectacular solo guitar players in the instrument’s history, co-pilots this journey. Taylor, a virtuoso whose fingers dance over strings with a finesse that’s both heart-stopping and profound, ensures that “Songs for Nature” is imbued with the touch of a master craftsman.

The album was recorded amidst the pristine beauty of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Produced by James Taylor and engineered by John Valesio (Norah Jones), Grammy-Award winner Dave O’Donnell (Jason Mraz, Kurt Elling, Sheryl Crow), Cicely Balston (David Bowie, Nick Cave) – each song resonates with the care and intention that only true reverence for nature can inspire.

Alison and Martin are not just musicians at the height of their powers; they are also sonic naturalists. This album is their field recording, capturing not the sounds of the wild but the emotions it stirs within us.

2024 Tour Dates

May 25, 2024 Wareham, Devon, UK – Purbeck Guitar Festival
June 17-20, 2024 Gubbio, Umbria, Italy – Martin Taylor Guitar Retreat
Sep 23-24, 2024 London, England – Pizza Express Jazz Club – Soho
Oct 18, 2024 Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, Wales – Rhosygilwen
Oct 20, 2024 Colchester, Essex, England – Colchester Arts Centre
Oct 23, 2024 Eastleigh, Hampshire, England – Concorde Club
Oct 25, 2024 Perth, Perthshire, Scotland – Perth Theatre
Oct 30, 2024 Shoreham by the Sea, Sussex, England – Ropetackle Arts Centre