TIMES House Concerts

The Way Traditional Music Was Meant to be Heard

Irish music played traditionally is more than just a folk genre. It’s a very skillful and artful music that is best appreciated up close and personal. Most people have listened to live Irish music in places that it’s most commonly played – pubs and festivals – where real listening is a challenge. For our pleasure and yours, we want to hear traditional Irish music in the most intimate of settings possible – in our homes – where every note, every instrument and every melody or song is savored personally. In fact, one might say that house concerts are the highest form of musical experience short of playing the music ourselves. These concerts offer a front seat view into the musical lives of the artists and provide an ideal opportunity to show respect for their exceptional talents. We hope you will join us as we present these concerts as a tribute to the musicians and their music and with the gratitude that both deserve.

Upcoming Performances

Kevin Burke

Date: Fridayday, May 4th, 2018
Time: Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Admission donation: $20 for attendees 12 and older ($25 at the door if seats are available)
Location: House near White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum in Dallas (you’ll get the address once you reserve seats)
Websites: http://www.kevinburke.com/
Advanced Reservations Required: RESERVE SEATS
Fiddle Workshop:
90-minute group lesson with Kevin Burke in the North Dallas area for ages 12 and older from 7:30-9 p.m., Thursday, May 3rd (you’ll get the address once you enroll) ENROLL

About Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke, who has been hailed as “probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.” He is well-known to Dallas area trad music lovers.  He has performed in the SCMA concert series, at the North Texas Irish Festival, and at many other venues locally.  He has also taught at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.  His return is eagerly awaited by North Texas audiences.

Kevin Burke’s masterful playing and storied solo performances have been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. His far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush, Christy Moore and the seminal Irish trad group Bothy Band established him as a first class musician.  In the mid-eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, Open House and Patrick Street. During this time Kevin, who hails from London, settled in the US, performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal O Domhnaill. Their two albums, Promenade and Portland, remain influential resources for many traditional musicians.

In the mid-nineties Kevin was also a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group - The Celtic Fiddle Festival with Johnny Cunningham from Scotland and Christian Lemaitre from Brittany.  He has also performed with renowned Irish bands Dervish, Solas and Lunasa.  His most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran rock guitarist John Brennan of Poco, and the Chris Hillman Band. 
Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, Kevin’s career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles - classical, old time, bluegrass, pop and rock as well as the Irish traditional music for which he is so well known.
In 2007 he also set up his own record label, Loftus Music, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.     

Kevin has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s Gradam Ceoil (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. He has also been honored by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.                                                                 

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in bands, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is evident in his live solo release, In Concert, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces. Of Kevin’s performance, The New York Times has written, “Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful...a superior instrumentalist in any idiom...impressively virtuosic.”