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Educational Projects

Founder and CEO at EPICA -

English for Professional International Communication in the Arts

Director of English at Tianjin Juilliard, China (2019-22)

Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at Solent University (2006-18)

International Co-ordinator for the School of Media at Solent

Consultant/advisor and academy leader at the Coda Music Trust

25 years’ experience as piano, guitar, songwriting and group performance tutor

Music Projects

UK-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter

Band leader, musical director, arranger, producer and frontman

Latest Tinderbox Album!

Tinderbox Album, 'All Grown Up' Now Available!  Recorded over 6 months in the New Forest, this album shows Tinderbox coming of age with a musical development process which really allowed the songs time to mature in the studio.

Solent Voice @ The Mayflower

The Bars, a group of Bob's recent students from SSU performed with 'Stars of The Voice' at The Mayflower Theatre, So'ton, for local charity, U Support.

Academic visit to Oslo

In November, Bob performed a series of visiting lectures and workshops at the prestigious Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo


‘Live At The Cottage’ features the band’s standard ‘trio’ line-up of recent years - Monique Houraghan on lead vocals, Dan Tucker on guitar, ukulele and backing vocals and Bob Burke on guitar and backing vocals.  This album beautifully captures a polished and passionate performance in an intimate ‘pin-drop’ atmosphere and stands as an honest record of how Tinderbox sound today.  Of ‘Leave Your Light On’, one of the new tracks on the album, producer David Booth Tweeted “…I had to take a break to fight off tears…just beautiful”.


“If Tinderbox are still under your radar it’s recommended you give this one a spin; it won’t disappoint” - Maverick (4.5 / 5)


“Spectacularly inventive, dramatically delivered; intensely emotive vocals and precise songwriting” - Tim Carroll, Folkwords


“Refreshingly natural” - R2 Magazine

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