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is an Irish singer, who is best known for replacing Ian McCulloch
Ian Stephen McCulloch is an English singer, born in Liverpool, and is best known as the frontman for the rock group Echo & the Bunnymen.-Career:...
as the lead singer with Echo & the Bunnymen
Echo & the Bunnymen are an English post-punk band, formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas had joined as the band's drummer, and their debut...
. Born in Belfast
Belfast is the capital of and largest city in Northern Ireland. By population, it is the 14th biggest city in the United Kingdom and second biggest on the island of Ireland . It is the seat of the devolved government and legislative Northern Ireland Assembly...
, Burke's first band was St. Vitus Dance
, who released the album Love Me, Love My Dogma
in 1987 before splitting up a few years later. Shortly after the split, Burke was contacted by Will Sergeant
Will Sergeant is an English guitarist, best known for being a member of Echo & the Bunnymen. Born in the centre of Liverpool, he grew up in the suburb of Melling and attended nearby Deyes High School...
and eventually joined the Bunnymen as lead vocalist. The band released Reverberation
Reverberation is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Echo & the Bunnymen. The album was released amidst a line-up change for the group, due to the departure of vocalist Ian McCulloch and the death of drummer Pete de Freitas. The remaining members, guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les...
(1990) to mixed reviews, though the album has subsequently garnered some acclaim. The Bunnymen formally announced their disbandment in 1993, after which Burke became a teacher, married and had two kids.
In 2005, Burke reformed St. Vitus Dance for some live shows, and an album of new material, Glyphotheque
, was released in 2008.