The Burma band Cork, Ireland

The Burma are an Indie Rock N’ Roll band based in Cork, Ireland. Since the release of their first official single “Quicksand” in 2018, the band has gained extensive airplay in Ireland, the UK and across University Radio Stations in the US. The 3 piece is made up of Tony O Donovan (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar), Peter Piggott (Lead Guitar, Synths and Backing Vocals) - both from Cobh Co. Cork, and Cian Doherty (Drummer and Percussionist) from Doolin, Co. Clare. The band is officially named after The Burma Steps in Cobh. 


Accrediting their sound to influences of the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s, The Burma lists bands such as The Killers, Tame Impala, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes as their inspiration. They have landed support slots for acts such as The Academic, The Strypes, Delorentos, Ryan Sheridan, Brian Deady, The Blizzards, The Frank and Walters and more. 


The Burma’s Sugar Moonlight is a multi track EP released on April 3, 2020. It has garnered over 50,000 streams across streaming platforms. “Same Again” - the lead single from the 5 track EP was exclusively premiered by Rolling Stone Magazine 6 days before its official release. The band was featured in major press platforms such as Rolling Stone, Clash Magazine, Hot Press, IMRO, Jammerzine, Joe.ie and Goldenplec off the back of the release of Sugar Moonlight.


A full nationwide tour as well as dates in London, and a packed summer schedule were planned for 2020. With the total upheaval caused by the pandemic restrictions, all their live promotional activities in support of their new EP had to be curtailed. The band adopted a new way of keeping the show on the road. Over the course of 15 consecutive weeks during lockdown, The Burma recorded a mixture of their own originals as well as a few classic covers. Recordings were made remotely from their own homes and edited into what became “The Live and Lonely Sessions.” With a new episode released every Friday evening, The Burma kept the momentum going and their internet presence fresh.

In July of this year as restrictions were lifted, The Burma returned to Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Dublin to finish off their Summer activity, recording a 15 minute live session of tracks from their latest EP Sugar Moonlight. The live video has been viewed over 20,000 times across social platforms since its debut. - Live at Windmill Lane.

The focus for the band has now shifted to recording their debut album due to be released in 2021. They will be returning to Monique Studios in Midleton, Co. Cork, in early December to work with Engineer and Producer Christian Best.


“The Cork trio shimmer, jangle and sneer in all the right places.”
– Hot Press

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“Dancey, glowing indie rock”
– Rolling Stone

"A desire to express something different - couple this with a poignant sense of intimacy" – Clash Magazine

“Jangly guitar pop at its finest.” Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

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