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The Burns Unit

The Burns Unit
Origin Scotland
Genres Folk music
Years active 2007–present
Labels Burns Unit
Members Emma Pollock
Future Pilot AKA
Karine Polwart
Kim Edgar
King Creosote
Mattie Foulds
Soom T
Michael Johnston

This article is about the music group. For the medical facility, see Burn center.

The Burns Unit is an eight-piece Scottish-Canadian music group. The band formed in 2006, after the musicians met at Burnsong, a Scottish songwriting retreat.[1] The band members come from varying musical genres including folk, pop and rap, and all have either acclaimed solo careers or are also members of other bands.[2][3] The band had its debut concert in 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland, at the Celtic Connections music festival. In 2010, they released their debut album, Side Show.[4]

In 2012, King Creosote noted that he is working on a collaborative album with bandmate Michael Johnston, stating: "I have a half completed album lying in Toronto with my friend Michael Johnston from the Burns Unit".[5]


  1. ^ "The Burns Unit | Emma Pollock | Future Pilot AKA | Karine Polwart | King Creosote | Kim Edgar | Mattie Foulds | Michael Johnston | MC Soom T". Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Music - Review of The Burns Unit - Side Show". BBC. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ Edd McCracken (2011-01-09). "The Burns Unit - Herald Scotland | Arts & Ents | Music Features". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  4. ^ Robin Denselow (2010-07-29). "The Burns Unit: Side Show | CD review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. ^ Jake Newby (2012-10-01). "Interview: King Creosote - Web extra Q&A with the Scottish folk artist and Fence Collective leader". Time Out Shanghai. 
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