R C Burns

Folk, Country, Singer / Songwriter

Songwriter/Composer Kenora


Cecil Burns began writing songs in the early 1970's with his high school buddy J.K. Gulley (SOCAN and CCMA award winning singer/songwriter/producer and Juno nominee). After graduating college, Cecil had a successful career as an Environment and Energy Management Professional, but never really gave up on songwriting. Over the years he quietly built a catalogue of songs but never pursued publication or recording of the songs he wrote. On his retirement from the corporate world in 2018, he reconnected with his old pal J.K. and began to refine and record the songs in his catalogue and to concentrate on writing again. The result so far is a unique collection of love songs, inspirational songs, rockers and tongue-in-cheek ballads recorded with and produced by J.K. Gulley at J.K's Bull Gull Studio - including on song "Me and Elvis and Jesus" that was a finalist in the 2019 Great American Song Contest. Besides songwriting, Cecil also writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and is a regular contributor to various regional publications. He is the Pipe-Sergeant and teaches bagpipes for the Kenora Scottish PIpes and Drums and plays bagpipes with the competitive St. Andrews Pipe Band in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He loves building wooden boats and has completed several cedar strip/epoxy canoes and kayaks. He is a motorcycle nut and loves to spin around town on his vintage `79 Yamaha XS 650 Special II or cruise the highway on his '09 BMW K1200LT. Cecil lives in Kenora (home of the 1907 Stanley Cup Champion Kenora Thistles) with his wife of over 40 years, Theresa. They have one adult son, Robert.