Congratulations to ICMP BMus student Connor Burnside who plays on the Northern Ireland (NI) Music Prize’s Album of the Year, ‘EPHRATA’, by singer songwriter Joshua Burnside.

The record was released in May 2017 and has enjoyed extensive nationwide radio plays including support from Elbow’s Guy Garvey on his BBC 6 Music show.

Connor is brother of singer songwriter Joshua, who has received much critical acclaim since its release. The Irish Times has described the record as “rumbling, brooding, powerful, magnetic” and a trip to SXSW in 2018 is now scheduled.  

Joshua was presented with the award at a special event on Saturday, 11th November at the Mandela Hall, Belfast. The NI Music Prize is presented in association with Blue Moon and produced by the Oh Yeah music centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub. 

Charlotte Dryden, Oh Yeah Centre chief executive officer, said:

It’s brilliant that a debut record can pick up the award. Joshua’s rise over the last year has been astounding and this album is an inspired piece of work full of influences from as far as Columbia, Eastern Europe and North America."

“Massive congratulations to Joshua on winning, and to his manager Lyndon Stephens and Champion Sound on two successful years in a row. Well done also to all the nominees, it was a brilliant shortlist. It makes you proud to be from Northern Ireland.”

Connor has also recently recorded in Livingston Studios, London with Alex Francis. Alex's forthcoming EP ‘A Stronger Love’ will be released on 1st December.

You can catch Connor live with Alex and band at The Garage, Highbury and Islington, on 1st December for the launch party.  

Listen to 'Blood Drive' by Joshua Burnside below: 

If you’re looking to take your playing and performing to the next level, then let us help you find the right music course for you.

Our Admissions Team are on hand to help you, call them on 020 7328 0222 or email

find a course