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Renowned Irish fiddler performs at Peninsula Arts Center

Kevin Burke gives Feb. 3 concert with ‘naked fiddle’

Published on February 1, 2018 9:04AM

Kevin Burke, one of America’s best-known Irish fiddlers

Courtesy Peninsula Arts Center

Kevin Burke, one of America’s best-known Irish fiddlers

LONG BEACH, Wash. — The Peninsula Arts Center’s next concert features Kevin Burke, one of the country’s best-known Irish fiddlers. The show takes place 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for more than 30 years. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first-class musician ever since his work in the early 1970s with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band, and with his solo album, “If the Cap Fits.”

During his long musical career, Burke has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, teacher and member of some of folk music’s foremost groups.

His contribution to music was acknowledged by the National Endowment for the Arts when he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the U.S.’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. In Ireland he was given the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award.

Though Burke has spent much of his life playing in groups, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music — the “naked fiddle” as he puts it. This is evident in his live solo release, “In Concert,” a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces.

The Peninsula Arts Center is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, Washington).

Admission is $20 at the door or online through Brown Paper Tickets, or, call Bill Svendsen at 360-901-0962.


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