CD In Concert [Kevin Burke] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 262108),
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In Concert [Kevin Burke] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Butterfly, The
    2. Bonnie Kate / Jenny's Chickens
    3. Kitty O'Shea
    4. The Cottage Groves / Maudabawn Chapel / The Beare Island Reel
    5. Itzikel
    6. Up Sligo / The Rollicking Boys Around Tandaragee / Out With The Boys
    7. The Mountain Road / Doctor Gilbert / McFadden's Handsome Daughter
    8. Walsh's Hornpipe / The Old Torn Petticoat / The Bank Of Ireland - (two versions)
    9. Sean Ryan's Jigs
    10. Roll In The Barrel / In The Tap Room / The Earl's Chair
    11. Blackbird, The - (two versions)
    12. Lucy Campbell / The Jolly Tinker
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1196

  • Credits
    ProducerMartin Hayes; Kevin Burke
    EngineerMartin Hayes

    Personnel: Kevin Burke (fiddle); Aidan Brennan (guitar); Martin Hayes (fiddle).
    Recorded live at Artichoke Music, Portland, Oregon in 1998. Includes liner notes by Kevin Burke.
    Maybe the prospect of listening to almost an hour's worth of solo Irish fiddle doesn't sound that exciting to you. That's understandable. Most non-fiddlers would probably feel the same way. Let's give Kevin Burke's live solo album a try, though: listen to the opening number, a modal slip jig called "The Butterfly" (which I believe is also known by the less diplomatic name "Skin the Peelers"); notice how he plays with the rhythm, hesitating in unexpected places while never losing the thread of the tune, spinning the whole thing out like some kind of mournful dance. Then hang on while the applause dies down, and listen to him swing into "Bonnie Kate," an utterly joyful and footloose reel. Hear him pounding out those backbeats? Don't you feel like you've just been forgiven of all your sins? Elsewhere he welcomes fellow fiddler Martin Hayes on stage for several duets and on a couple of tunes he's accompanied by guitarist Aidan Brennan. All of it is marvelous. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (10-11/99, p.82) - "...his playing here is far more radical than anything previously heard in terms of liberties taken with time....his great dynamic range, is of course more apparent when he plays solo..."
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