Golden Fiddle Awards 2013
As a peak organisation who's mission is to support, acknowledge and promotefiddle music, players, teachers and composers within Australasia, we believe Marian encompasses all this. She is a bright burning light within our industry and her infectious energy, unique fiddle playing and community mindedness has and continues to make a significant difference to our industry and her audiences. We adore her.
Chairman Golden Fiddle Awards Ltd 2013
Waipu Celtic Festival January 2009
My wife and I spent the New Year up in Whangarei with my in-laws and I was persuaded to go along to the Celtic Festival at Waipu yesterday. What a stroke of luck. Coming from Ireland, I was brought up with Irish music, and was quite involved in Irish affairs during my 20 years in South Africa, serving on the Rose of Tralee and St Patrick's Day Festival committees. I prided myself in having seen some great fiddlers in my time but nothing prepared me for your performance at the Celtic Festival yesterday. I was absolutely blown away. Your versions of Kirsty McColl's singing and playing Christmas in New York and The Devil Went Down to Georgia, were hair-raising, absolutely fantastic. You made a reference yesterday to the time you played with the Chieftains - Wow! The Best with the Best... .. I couldn't help thinking on the way back to Whangarei that I had just seen a truly great performer keep us spellbound for 45 minutes.
Keep it up, it's fantastic. We will certainly be making plans to see you perform again
Wanganui Chronicle: April 2008
STANDING OVATION FOR MUSICIANS
Marian Burns and Ben McDonald. Wanganui Repertory Theatre. Sunday. Mary Bryan
As promised, the music was fast and furious in this concert by fiddle player/vocalist Marian Burns and pianist/vocalist Ben McDonald
A top New Zealand fiddle player, Burns has justifiably been described as New Zealand's fastest fiddler, and she has a personality to match.
That she and McDonald are experts in playing an audience as well as their instruments was evident from the moment they appeared on stage.
With a patter as fast and as furious as their music, in the style of the TV series Hi-de-Hi Holiday Camp, they had the audience singing, clapping and tapping away for a solid 2 hours.
Burns' tremendous infectious energy, coupled with superb musicianship, saw her named the Country Music Entertainer of the Year.
She has a New Zealand Variety Club Scroll of Honour for her dedication to the music profession and introducing children to music, On Sunday it was easy to see how she got children enthused when she managed to get all the males in the audience to their feet - not just once - to sing the refrain to Fiddler On The Roof.
Ben McDonald was equally adept at getting the audience going. Their musicianship earned a justified standing ovation from the audience.
New Zealand Herald, 2005
"Irish, and every other kind of eyes, were smiling at the fifth Mission Bay Jazz and Blues Streetfest yesterday as Marian Burns, a fiddler in Irish band, The McSweeney Brothers, entertained the crowds. She had their feet tapping and their hips swinging.
Nelson - Mike Lipscombe, 2004
FIDDLER SETS STAGE ALIGHT - Marian Burns - aka the Fabulous Fiery Fiddler, is the total entertainment package. Last night she torched the aisles with her impassioned contribution to the Winter Festival.
The audience was hers from the moment she burst onstage. They quickly responded, initially to her warmth and self-deprecating humour, then to her frantic yet brilliant fiddle playing.
David Hartnell, 2004
"She has enough energy to light all of Auckland, including the Sky Tower."
Susan Jarvis - Capital News, Brisbane
A brilliant musician, she is also a comedian and a natural performer with a personality and presence that just exudes warmth and delight in being there. Marian's success is due to the fact that she doesn't just entertain an audience - she makes them feel good too."
Opotoki News - Mike Butterworth, 2001
"A pocket dynamo, a ball of fire, a violin virtuoso, the most infectious laugh in town, and incredible talent, a great personality and the list goes on. You will be on the edge of your seats as Marian thrills you with her own special brand of music. Hang on to your hats and leave your inhibitions behind when she hits the stage."
New Zealand Country Music Magazine
"Marian Burns set the crowd alight with her version of the country fiddle standard the 'Orange Blossom special.'' The audience were captured by her enthusiasm and unrestricted style, probably a little overawed by her professional presentation and responded with wild applause. By the end of the evening she had demonstrated exactly why she deserved the title of "Entertainer of the Year."
The Southland Times, Gore - June 1997
Fiddler Marian Burns must leave critics floundering for superlatives. She certainly left the audience gasping and clamouring for more after she performed as guest artist at the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards."
Capital News, Australia - June 1996
"With fiddlers like Pixie Jenkins, Mick Albeck and Marcus Holden right on our doorstep, Australians haven't had to look far for talented players. But a young lady from across the Tasman is about to give our best fiddlers a run for their money."
"When she took part in this year's Norfolk Island Country Music Festival, as a headline act from New Zealand, Marian revealed her secret to the many Australians in the audience. What's more she had them clamouring for more."
Norfolk Island Bulletin - May 1996
"I don't think the Bean Shed has ever seen such enthusiasm and energy as it did last Tuesday afternoon when the Primary children were treated to a visit by Marian Burns, the violinist who created such interest with her skill at the Country Music Festival." :"Certainly an enthusiastic and entertaining afternoon all around."