Joshua Burnell sparked the interest of the folk world with his ambitious Seasons Project which saw him release one of his folk-rock arrangements of a traditional song or tune every week for a year. Fourteen favourites formed Joshua’s release, Songs From The Seasons, released on the 4th May 2018. RnR Magazine gave the album a solid 5/5 rating and commented, “this isn’t about academic research, it’s about playing the music, which is what Joshua does exceptionally well."
On 15th February, Joshua is following up Songs From The Seasons with another folk-rock offering – The Road To Horn Fair.
As a live act, Joshua tours as part of his 6-piece band who have gone down a storm at festivals, including Folkeast, Music On The Marr, Musicport & Beardy Folk Festival. In 2019, the band are setting off on their first headline tour including dates in London (Cecil Sharp House), Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Bath, Cardiff & Hull. Later in the year, the band will be heading to Europe to play at Costa del Folk along with a tour dates in France to follow from their 2017 French tour.
Amongst recent accolades, the Seasons Project earned Joshua the Highly Commended Best Performing Artist award at the York Culture Awards 2017and he and his band won the The Great British Folk Festival audience poll for favourite act by an overwhelming majority when they performed this year. They returned to play on the main stage on December 1st 2018, where they sold out of all the advance copies of The Road To Horn Fair.
Joshua Burnell’s debut album Into the Green was widely praised on its release in 2016. Acoustic Magazine called it “A welcome blast of originality in our serious world, it’s a hugely impressive work and a lot of fun”. Classic Rock Magazine dubbed it, "superb,"and RnR magazine in its Best of the Year, concluded “One way or another, this exciting young artist is certainly going to make himself heard.”