Dutch born Rob Van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970's, 80's and 90's he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordan Tyrrall and many more.
2012 saw the release of the duo's album on the life of Scots born mariner John Paul Jones, a long term project for which Alan composed the music. Commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and the duo performed a musical drama based on the story with script written by Alan.
"....Rob provides beautiful guitar backing (and forwarding!) on guitar which he jokingly referred to as his high strung wife. To continue this image, he stroked her with gentle passion eliciting sighing harmonies and driving rhythms as the mood warranted. He sings in an intrinsicallyBritish traditional style delivering songs with heartfelt sincerity...."
In the spring of 2011, Burning Bridget Cleary completed a weeklong tour of Ireland where they performed at seven different venues from Dublin to Galway. While there, the band had a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to visit the rural Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland".
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuit.
“One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!”
“. . . a highlight of this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival”