Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke

An Evening with Kevin Burke  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
Sept 19 –22, La Veta CO, Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival,
Sept 24, Fairhope AL, Workshop, Email for details
Sept 25, Fairhope AL, Pelican Marsh Concerts, Email for details
Sept 26, Tuscaloosa AL, House Concert, Info
Sept 27, Harlem  GA, Harlem Java House, SOLD OUT info Lillie Morris  706-267-5416 or
Sept 28, Atlanta GA,  RSVP to   or Bella  404-926-6438

Oct 11, Galway City, The Crane,
Oct 19, Tramore, Coastguard Cultural Centre
Oct 21-22, Limerick, U of L, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, under grad & post grad workshops
Oct 26-27 Sligo Town, Fiddler of Dooney & Sligo Made CD Launch concert at 4 pm, Glasshouse Hotel

Nov 7, San Luis Obispo CA, House Concert, Info
Nov 8, Tehachapi CA, Fiddler’s Crossing,
Nov 9, Soquel CA, House Concert, Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay,
Nov 10, Pacific Grove CA, St Mary’s by the Sea, 146 Twelfth St.,  Tx
Nov 11, Chico CA, House Concert, Info 530-342-1055 or

Dec 14, Tualatin OR, 2nd Saturday Community Concerts at Winona Grange,

Jan 18, Long Beach WA, Peninsula Arts Center, , or Bill 360-901-0962
Jan 19, Seattle WA, Seattle Folklore Soc. Phinney Neighborhood Center,

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