Kevin Burke is an Irish fiddler renowned for his virtuosic playing in the Sligo style of Irish fiddling. One of the most influential fiddlers today, he gained widespread recognition as a member of iconic Irish bands such as The Bothy Band and Patrick Street as well as with his solo work.

He was born in London in 1950 but raised in Ireland, where he immersed himself in traditional Irish music from a young age. he was influenced by recordings of traditional Irish fiddlers such as Coleman, Morrison, and Killoran played by his parents.
He played with the Glenside Céilí Band in London-Irish dance halls, performing for set dancers and winning the 1966 All-Ireland fleadh with them. He replaced Tommy Peoples in The Bothy Band, recording three albums with them. After the band’s breakup, recorded “Promenade” (1979) with Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and toured in the US with him before settling in Oregon and recording “Portland” (1982) .

He collaborated with Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, becoming a mainstay of Patrick Street alongside Irvine and Jackie Daly
Recorded three albums in the 1990s with Open House, blending Irish, Appalachian, Central European, and Latin-American music genres

He is known for his teaching as well, having conducted workshops and masterclasses worldwide, passing on his knowledge and expertise to future generations of musicians.

Going further

The Instruments of Irish Traditional Music

Ornamentation in Irish music

Kevin Burke Website

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Paddy Killoran

Kitty Hayes

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