Concerts at the New York Irish Center
10-40 Jackson Avenue
(One stop from Grand Central on the 7 train.)
Long Island City, NY 11101
Friday, November 17th, 7pm, $20
Kevin Burke is one of the great fiddle players in the history of Irish music. His technical virtuosity is matched with soulful musicality, a deep knowledge of the Irish traditional repertoire and a unique personal style. A generation of Irish fiddle players have been inspired and influenced by his silky-smooth tone, pulsing rhythmic bowing and crisply executed ornamentation, but Kevin’s art defies imitation.
Born in London to Irish parents, Kevin began playing at the age of seven and soon found his way to the forefront of the vibrant Irish music scene in “the Big Smoke,” serving an apprenticeship in the 1960s in London dance halls and with the All-Ireland champion Glenside Ceili Band. A chance meeting with Arlo Guthrie in County Clare led to his first journey to the U.S., where he found himself meeting New York fiddle great Andy McGann and recording in Los Angeles with slide guitarist Ry Cooder. Kevin’s reputation was steadily growing, leading to invitations to join Christy Moore’s band and the famous Bothy Band, widely regarded as the greatest Irish traditional music group of all time.
After the demise of the band, Kevin formed a partnership with ex-Bothy guitarist and singer Mícheal Ó Domhnaill and became a mainstay of the groups Patrick Street, Open House, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival. His performances in recent years have often been totally solo or, as he calls it, “naked fiddle.” This would be an intimidating high-wire act for many musicians, but Kevin’s easy manner and sly wit help create an intimate bond with audiences and produce often spell-binding performances.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance via
The New York Irish Center Site
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