Irish FiddleFest: 5/4

Featuring special guest Kevin Burke

On May 4, 2019 at 7:00pm, world-renowned Traditional Irish Fiddler Kevin Burke will join our own Zac Bell for an Intimate Evening of Irish Fiddle Music and Education with a special performance by Mr. Burke. Only 120 tickets are available for this special event, so reserve your tickets today!

Not only will this evening be one of cultural celebration and beautiful music, it is an important fundraiser for the Museum’s Music Education Program. The Music Education program promotes traditional music across all Museum exhibits. Tickets for an Intimate Evening of Irish Fiddle Music Education can be purchased for $30 by contacting Cookie Toms at (540) 332-7850.

Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 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 1970’s (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits”).  During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival, and Patrick Street. He is also a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O’Brien’s wonderful crossover band, The Crossing.

Kevin’s contribution to music was acknowledged by The National Endowment for the Arts when he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. In Ireland he was given the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, both acknowledging him as a master of the tradition.

Zac Bell

From his first Clark Tin Whistle at six years old, to his gift of a fiddle from his uncle when his was ten, Museum Interpreter Zach Bell has always been around music. “I guess it has just always been a part of me,” Zach said. At this event, Zach will demonstrate the various styles of fiddle music within Northumbria, Scotland and Ireland. He will explain how these traditions moved throughout the British Isles and Ireland and how they were interpreted in the New World. Musical and cultural similarities between nations will be highlighted and you will get an inside look into the ancient past of Celtic nations and how far back their connections go.

You will learn how the music of Ulster was highly influenced by styles from Scotland. When these were mixed with the lyrical and lilting style of Ireland, the result was a pure, distilled, powerful and unique style of fiddle playing. That style directly influenced the fiddle music that moved across the ocean and eventually became American Old-Time Music. Many of these melodies from as early as 1740 remain unchanged well into the early 20th century.