Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

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,
April 25, Wilmington DE, Green Willow Folk Club at Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W. Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park,
April 27, Cumberland RI, Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, 401-725.9272
April 28, Cambridge MA, Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street,  Tx
April 30, Philadelphia PA, Center City, Barn Star Concerts, info
May 1, Frostburg MD, Moutain City  Traditional Arts,  25 East Main St.,    or
May 2, Blacksburg VA. Oddfellows Lodge, 199 Wilson Ave, info
May 3, Gordonsville VA, HC, Reservations & info
May 4, Staunton VA, Frontier Culture Museum, 1290 Richmond Ave.,
May 15, Madison WI, House Concert, Email for info traife@wisc.eduu
May 16, Skokie IL, Seman Violins, 4447 Oakton St,
May 17, Lansing MI, The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Washington Ave.,
May 18, Lansing MI, Elderly Instruments Workshop,
May 18, Saline MI, Acoustic Routes, Stony Lake Brewing , 447 E Michigan Ave,
May 19, Harbor Springs MI, The Rhubarbary, 3550 Five Mile Creek Rd, Maureen 231-499-8038 or Dale 231-357-7339

Sept 20 –23, La Veta CO, Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival,

Photos, press kit, and international touring schedule at