"New Orleans finds its way into the heart of any musician open to it, but Danny Burns has done that old trick one better. This Irish transplant has absorbed the city’s famously exuberant expressive energy and taken it along a rootsy, alt rock romp all his own.
His sound is something like a harder-rocking Jackson Browne mixed with perhaps with a Celtic version of Anders Osborne. It’s also distinctively, defiantly his own and with this versatile tool he brings listeners along a road filled with hope, disappointment, yearning and fulfillment.
Reflective yet still rollicking, articulate and original, yet accessible and at turns downright catchy, these songs remind us that the journey can be as important as the destination."
New Orleans-based author, journalist and broadcaster
"For someone not yet in his thirties, his voice sounds much older and richer in experience than his years might suggest - ‘aged’ is a term that you often hear in conjunction with his music. That he is difficult to pigeon-hole is reflected not only in his musical travels, but also in his personal journey which has taken him from Donegal, Ireland all the way to New Orleans."
WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans
““There’s no pretensions with Danny. When he sent me songs, it had a certain honesty to it that doesn’t really exist that often anymore.”
Grammy-Nominated Record Producer, Swing House Studios, West Hollywood, CA
“Wherever Danny Burns performs the buzz is always "that voice." Danny's
voice brings the character and passion of the greatest Irish singers and
combines it with an inspired phrasing and dexterity that amazes. Solid
guitar work, songwriting and arrangements keep audiences rapt. Among the
raving fans you'll always find the musicians from all of the other bands -
sitting right up front.
Entertainment Director, Michigan Irish Festival
““I love his music. His music has a lot of soul, a lot of feel, just beautiful music that fits like a glove. Guy’s a good writer, too, good singer. The style of music is kind of like that but very soulful. Also in his playing, it’s a Van Morrison kind of soulful, very soulful.””
Iconic Blues Musician, Chicago
““We have one main stage. So that’s one stage to impact a tremendous number of people. We try to bring in rock and roll, we try to bring in Celtic rock, try to bring in traditional music, and Danny’s music really sits right at that edge, and the feedback we got was simply fantastic. The people who came in for trad music loved the set and the people who came in for the Celtic rock loved the set, so it really bridges that gap.”
Entertainment Director, Syracuse Irish Fest
““Kansas City is a blues town and a jazz town and Danny fit in really well. He has two elements I always look for in a band: something different, not mainstream. He’s singing of their Irish upbringing plus he’s got his own spin on it, playing a more rhythm and blues type of show. His show was fabulous, magnificent. I just loved it.””
Entertainment Director, Kansas City Irish Fest
“Burns hits listeners in a number of different ways. The leader of the Defectors is adept at delivering folksy numbers, straightforward rockers, Celtic-laced tracks and pop-rock gems."”
— -ASBURY PARK PRESS N.J
"The next generation of balladeers. One to watch!"
— - HOME & AWAY NYC
"Danny is one of the Hottest new songwriters on the scene, with a guitar & a voice that can cripple you..you cant miss this guy!!"
— THE ZODIAC SESSIONS - Dublin
“Burns' vocals are warm with a guttural street sense about them. The songs have some soul, some folk-rock..."”
— Real Chicago