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Burke recorded this debut solo album as a 22-year-old in the Bronx in 1972. Much, though not all, of it consists of songs originating from County Sligo, where Burke's family had strong roots (although Burke himself was born in London). He varies the program from solo fiddle pieces to performances employing a variety of accompanists, the additional instrumentation including guitar, fiddle, mandolin, 12-string guitar, banjo, autoharp, and bodhran. It's a well-executed if unsurprising effort by a young fiddle virtuoso, reaching its greatest fever pitch on the closing "George White's Favourite/The Happy Days of Youth/Coleman's Cross," where five instruments collaborate on an up-tempo tune to create a brisk, festive sound.


Born: 1950 in London, England

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Kevin Burke is a master of the highly ornamental Sligo style of Irish fiddling. A former member of the Bothy Band, Patrick Street and a duo he shared with Irish guitarist Michael O'Domhnaill, Burke has also performed as a soloist and with his own band, Open House. A native of London, England, Burke inherited his love of Irish music from his parents who had emigrated from Sligo County, Ireland. His music career began shortly after moving to Ireland in 1974, when he teamed up with singer-songwriter...
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