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
17, Sebastopol CA, 7:30 pm, House Concert, Info Email or 707-829-1519
18, Davis CA, 7:30 pm, House Concert, www.wagmanhouseconcerts.org
19, San Francisco CA, 12- 5 pm, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Festival of the Sea www.nps.gov/safr
20, Berkeley CA, 7:30 pm, Fifth Street Farms, 1517 5th St., Reservations required to assure a seat: 510-525-9248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Red Hook NY, 7 pm, Studio Red Hook at St Paul’s Hall, 7412 South Broadway, www.studioredhook.com
16 Portsmouth RI, 8 pm, Common Fence Music Hall, 933 Anthony Road, http://commonfencemusic.org/
17 Portland ME, 8 pm, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., www.onelongfellowsquare.com
18 Middletown CT, 7:30 pm, Middletown House Concert Series, 145 Margarite Road Ext.,www.middletownhouseconcert.org
19 Northampton MA, 7 pm, The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., www.signaturesoundspresents.com
21-24 La Veta CO, Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, http://celticmusicfest.com
Photos, press kit, and international touring schedule at www.kevinburke.com