Vernon & Burns

Vernon & Burns are a duo of sound makers who create radio plays, records and performances through an innovative mix of samples, field recordings, voice and music.

Dredging the kleptomanic plunderground, this singular double act in stereo create aural mystery from oral history. Rarely agreeing upon anything, their music is a tug-of-war between music hall and musique concrète. From the gently sublime to the raucously ridiculous they create a soundtrack to the notion of nonsense.

Performed across Europe, their eclectic live act encompasses everything from ventriloquism and magic to music hall and slapstick.

They have produced programmes for radio stations including VPRO, Resonance FM, WFMU and The Audible Picture Show and have had records released on Felix Kubin’s Gagarin Records, Staalplaat’s Mort Aux Vaches series and two LP’s with Lied Music released on Ultra Eczema and Shadazz.

Discography
2017 – ‘From the Cable to the Grave’ MC (Akashic)
2011 – Vernon & Burns meet Lied Music – ‘Lost Lake’ LP (Shadazz).
2011 – ‘Rough Trade Counter Culture 10’ – 1 track on compilation CD (Rough Trade).
2010 – Vernon & Burns – ‘The Light at the End of the Dial’ LP (Gagarin Records).
2010 – Vernon & Burns – ‘Mort Aux Vaches’ CD (Staalplaat).
2009 – Music video – ‘Under Control’ DVD compilation – various artists.
2008 – Sing it Softly to the Pebbles CD (meagre resource).
2007 – Music video – ‘Saving Pop Culture’ DVD compilation – various artists.
2006 – ‘Audiotoop – Play’ book & CD, various artists / radio plays (Korm Plastics).
2006 – Lied Music vs. Boy Band Tax Returns LP (Ultra Eczema).
2003 – Vernon & Burns – ‘More Music Hall Madness’ CDR (meagre resource).
2005 – Vernon & Burns – ‘The Tune The Old Cow Died Of’ LP (Gagarin).
2003 – Boy Band Tax Returns – ‘The Right To Be Lazy’ CDR (meagre resource).
2002 – Radio Tuesday – ‘e.g. Sometime Instant’ CD – various artists.
2001 – ‘Boy Band Tax Returns’ CDR (meagre resource).
2000 – ‘A Tonal Aviary’ CDR – various artists (meagre resource).
2000 – Vernon & Burns – ‘The Christmas Naivety Scene’ CDR (meagre resource).

Live performances
2018
4th February – ‘Exploring the Unknown’ with Nichola Scrutton, Sonically Depicting, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.

2016
14th April – ‘Mondo Vernon & Burns’ as part of Fantom Cinema/ G.I. 2016, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.

2015
9th October – ‘Vernon & Burns meet the Kray Twins’, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.

2014
3rd August – Curio Cabaret, The Arches, Glasgow.
9 May – ‘Renditions of the Beat: a resuscitation recital’ – Tectonics festival, St. Andrews in the Square, Glasgow.

2013
4 July – ‘The Bride of Lichtenstein’ Sinthome, the Poetry Club, Glasgow.

2012
12-13 October – ‘The Children of Toasted Cheese’ Tramway, Glasgow.

2011
12th August – ‘Immediacy, intimacy, interiority & idiosyncrasy’ – Summer School presentation, Transmission, Glasgow.

2010
20 March – ‘The Silver Smokescreen’ radio play performed before live audience, WORM, Rotterdam.
With Luke Fowler:
2 May – Le Drapeau Noir, for GI 2010, Glasgow.
With Lied Music:
23 June – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
26 June – A Midsummer’s Day Dream, Tramway, Glasgow (with Nurse with Wound).
As part of Resonance Radio Orchestra:
13 November – Instal, Tramway, Glasgow.
14 November – Instal, Tramway, Glasgow.

2009
24th June – the Atomium, Brussels, Belgium.

2008
01 February – CCA, Glasgow (with Lukas Simonis).
20 September – Caravan Club Cabaret performance, Balfron.
28 November – ‘Lend Me Your Eyes’, radio play performance, CCA, Glasgow.

2007
Vernon and Burns live 22 August – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow.
23 November – Resound Art/Radio, SVA, Stroud.

2006
08 July – Caravan Club Cabaret performance, Balfron.
01 September – Captains Rest, Glasgow (with Bing Selfish).
10 November – Westwerk, Hamburg (with Hassle Hound).

2005
08 February – Tchai Ovna, Glasgow (with Pumice).
18 February – Theatre Hebbel, Berlin (with Felix Kubin & Stereo Total)
20 February – Ausland, Berlin.
03 May – Recyclart, Brussels.
04 May – Freaks End Future, Antwerp.
14 May – Audiotoop, Extrapool, Nijmegen.
24 July – Futuresonic, Manchester.
08 August – Cumberland Arms, Newcastle.
02 September – Stereo, Glasgow.
15 September – Planet Rock Party, Club Bastard, Berlin.

2004
23 October – The Panopticon, Glasgow.