Kevin Burke Solo – The Naked Fiddle
Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living. The Village Voice
Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970’s (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits”). During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival, and Patrick Street. He is also a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O’Brien’s wonderful crossover band, The Crossing.
Kevin’s contribution to music was acknowledged by The National Endowment for the Arts when he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. In Ireland he was given the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, both acknowledging him as a master of the tradition.
Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his live solo release, “In Concert”, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces.
With the great popularity of various groups over the last 25 years or so, many people have forgotten that this kind of music used to be played mainly solo. The bands, groups and accompanists are a relatively recent development… so I thought it would be interesting to let people hear the ‘naked’ fiddle once more. – Kevin Burke
The great Irish fiddler Kevin Burke…plays the fiddle so smoothly, with such buoyancy, and with such relaxed showmanship, that even a large concert hall becomes intimate. – The New Yorker Magazine
One of the great living Celtic fiddlers. – The New York Times
Kevin Burke 2018 Contact Ruby for availability– a few open dates in Dec 2018 in California
NOVEMBER 2018 Northeast US
Nov 2, Princeton NJ, Private HC
Nov 3, Fairfield CT, 8 pm, more info to come, STIMS, www.shamrockirishmusic.org
Nov 4, Woods Hole MA, 7:30 pm, Community Hall, 68 Water St., www.arts-cape.com/whfolkmusic
Nov 5, Cranston RI, 7 pm, Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island, 50 America St., www.riirishclub.org
Nov 6, Middletown CT, 7:30 pm, Middletown House Concert Series, www.middletownhouseconcert.org
Nov 7, Portland ME, 8 pm, Blue, 650A Congress St., www.portcityblue.com
Nov 8, Beacon NY, 8:30 pm, Towne Crier, 379 Main St., www.townecrier.com
Nov 9, Somerville MA, 7:30 pm, The Burren, 247 Elm St., http://www.burren.com/Backroom-Series.html
Photos, press kit, and international touring schedule at www.kevinburke.com