Jessie Burns has worked in the performing arts arena, both on the stage and in the studio as a Performer, Composer, Arranger and Producer and behind the scenes as a Presenter, Festival Series Director, Education Outreach Director, Youth at Risk Theater Outreach Coordinator and Tour Manager.
Highlights include six unforgettable years touring internationally for over 200 days a year with American-Irish super-group 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. Her work with Gaelic Storm brought her to many of the premiere festivals and venues across the US and in Australia, and Europe – such fun!
Jessie is a busy session musician and can be heard throughout “That Sea That Gambler” with singer-songwriter, word-smith extraordinaire – Gregory Allan Isokov. Amongst many other collaborations, she can be heard performing with The Mollie O’Brien band and The Bonnie Paine Band (of Elephant Revival), with whom she performed at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2019 and 2020.
She founded the 5-piece Colorado based traditional Irish band, Take Down the Door and most recently she has joined forces with Celtic fiddling power-houses Ellery Klein and Katie Grennan to form The Bow Tides, a collaboration overflowing with heart swelling creative energy, exciting string arrangements and original compositions. She is an in demand session musician and is currently working on her solo album.
Teaching both private students and music camp workshops is a huge part of Jessie’s musical life. She has taught fiddle workshops at The Alaska Folk Festival, Grand Targee, The Colorado Irish Festival, Spanish Peaks Irish Festival, Cleveland Irish Festival, Festival of The Mabon, Milwaukee Irish Festival and Montana Fiddle Camp as well as with many schools. Helping students of all ages discover, develop and celebrate their musical abilities is part of her mission in life and she has a thriving teaching studio, both on-line and in person.
Jessie resides in Colorado with her bass playing musician husband, Eric Thorin and their two musical daughters.