New CD- An Evening with Kevin Burke now available on Loftus Music!
Read Daniel Neely’s Review –
Burke’s live ‘evening’ is majestic –
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 2019 Contact Ruby for availability
April 13, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo, St Columba’s, Cos Cos Festival Launch Night, www.coscos.ie
April 25, Wilmington DE, Green Willow Folk Club at Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W. Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park, www.greenwillow.org
April 27, Cumberland RI, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, 401-725.9272 http://www.riverfolk.org/
April 28, Cambridge MA, Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, www.passim.org Tx https://www.passim.org/live-music/events/kevin-burke/
April 30, Philadelphia PA, Center City, Barn Star Concerts, info firstname.lastname@example.org
May 1, Frostburg MD, Moutain City Traditional Arts, 25 East Main St., www.mountaincitytradart.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/mountaincitytradarts
May 2, Blacksburg VA. Oddfellows Lodge, 199 Wilson Ave, info email@example.com
May 3, Gordonsville VA, HC, Reservations & info firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4, Staunton VA, Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave., www.frontiermuseum.org
May 15, Madison WI, House Concert, Email for info email@example.com
May 16, Skokie IL, Seman Violins, 4447 Oakton St, www.semanviolins.com
May 17, Lansing MI, The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave., www.therobintheatre.com
May 18, Lansing MI, Elderly Instruments Workshop, www.elderly.com
May 18, Saline MI, Acoustic Routes, Stony Lake Brewing , 447 E Michigan Ave, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 19, Harbor Springs MI, The Rhubarbary, 3550 Five Mile Creek Rd, www.peacemealstringband.com Maureen 231-499-8038 or Dale 231-357-7339
Sept 20 –23, La Veta CO, Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, http://celticmusicfest.com
Photos, press kit, and international touring schedule at www.kevinburke.com