About Us

Meet the Band

The Burls is a “ceilidh” or party band. Our roots are in Scots-Irish pub tunes, folk songs, and the occasional sea shanty.

Instruments include guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, smallpipes, and rhythm percussion. We also enjoy bringing out the full Highland pipes and drum tunes for a bit of variety.

Members of The Burls met in, and still support, Tunes of Glory, a Scottish bagpipe-and-drum corps in Warrenville, IL.

Members: Tom Brown, Mike Heywood, Joanna Lloyd, Steve Marasso


Tom Brown – Banjo, Lead Kazoo, Vocals

  • Started guitar and banjo in high school – played in rock & roll bands, then moved to folk music
  • Picked up the bagpipes in 1974 in Rochester, NY
  • Still like folk music, rock “oldies” from the 60s & 70s, Americana
  • Some of my favorites: Kingston Trio, Bob Seeger, Creedence, America, CSN&Y, Eagles


Mike Heywood – Guitar, Mandolin, Harmony Kazoo, Vocals

  • Took some guitar lessons as a young lad and ultimately got into a classic rock band during junior high and and high school – even got into some tenor saxophone, French horn, and chorus
  • Have been playing bagpipes with Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums for over 20 years
  • Mostly a classic rock guy, but I can dig a whole bunch of other music – just enjoy playing with me bandmates, having fun, and entertaining the audiences


Joanna Lloyd – Percussion, Vocals

  • Was lucky to grow up in a household with a good record collection – from musical theater to steel drum bands
  • Played cornet and clarinet in high school band – sometime back in the     Dark Ages
  • Learned Scottish snare drumming with Tunes of Glory Pipes and Drums, about 2009
  • Over the past few years, have taken a variety of percussion workshops/lessons to be able to play more types of music
  • My playlist usually tilts toward alternative, with some rock and classical, but it’s been great to accompany my fellow “Burls” (aka the kilted ones, aka the party or ceilidh band) on whatever tunes present themselves

Steve Marasso – Bass, Harmonica, Vocal

  • Started guitar when I was eight, eventually added in the bass
  • Always in-and-out of bands – loved it
  • Started on the bagpipes in 2000 – love playing Piobaireachd genre of pipe music
  • My taste in music runs the gamut from country to metal, from Hank Williams (the original) to Black Sabbath