Fiddle great Kevin Burke is considered one of Irish music’s luminaries, from his early days with The Bothy Band to his celebrated solo performances. In the US he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA, in Ireland 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 sometimes puts it.
One of Irish music’s most beloved players, Burke is a master of the highly ornamented Sligo style. A London, England, native, Kevin inherited his love of Irish music from his parents who had emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland. Burke’s music career began in 1974 with a move to Ireland and joining seminal Irish group The Bothy Band. Since then, he has formed the renowned bands Celtic Fiddle Festival, Patrick Street, and Open House, and worked with many great artists including Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush, Tim O’Brien, Christy Moore, Dervish, and Lunasa.
“Solo fiddle really doesn’t come much better than this. “ Alex Monaghan, Folk World
“A lyrical player of emotional electricity.” The Washington Post