Kevin Burke

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

1950, London, England, of Sligo parents. Burke is one of the best-known contemporary fiddlers who has been influenced by the Sligo fiddling style. Characterised by carefully ornamented phrasing and a rhythmic intensity, Burke’s repertoire runs the gamut of Breton gavottes and Scottish reels. He first made his mark with the Glenside Ceilí Band, winning the 1966 All Ireland Ceilí Band competition at the Fleadh Ceol in Boyle at the age of 16. Hardly a man to follow conventional routes to trad greatness, Burke was as readily seduced by Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix as he was by renowned Sligo fiddler, Michael Coleman, and all because they shared one thing in common: an ability to get to the soul of the music. Burke went to America in 1972 to record an album with Arlo Guthrie (Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys). After that, the Lazy Reel folk group provided him with some sustenance (alongside Tom Madden and Chris Andretti) before he joined Christy...

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