UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Kevin Burke (video), 2013-12-03

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University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives concert recordings: Kevin Burke (video)
1 optical media  :  WD - 1 DVD; Duration: 1:35:00
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Concert featuring Kevin Burke, UW Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology, fall quarter 2013; the performance includes students and guest musicians.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Like most professional musicians, Kevin Burke has spent a good portion of his life on the road, and his travels have taken him on a long and interesting musical journey. Burke was born in London, England, to parents who came from County Sligo in Ireland, an area known for its unique style of fiddle music. Frequent trips to visit relatives in Ireland immersed him in Sligo music and, by the age of 13, he was playing with Irish musical groups. For a time, he pursued a job on the London Stock Exchange but eventually came back to music. "Music kept interfering with every angle of life," Burke said. "Then I realized it wasn't music that was getting in the way, it was everything else." In Ireland he ran into Arlo Guthrie, who heard him perform and invited him to Los Angeles to play on Guthrie's Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys album in 1972. After performing with Irish musician Christy Moore, Burke joined the seminal group, The Bothy Band. In 1979, Burke left Ireland to re-settle in Portland, Oregon, and for the past 20 years he has been a fixture in the northwestern United States. Initially, Burke teamed up with former Bothy Band member Michael O Domhnaill, and then went on to form two influential bands: the traditional Celtic supergroup, Patrick Street, and the more eclectic ensemble, Open House. Today his name is synonymous with Irish fiddle music around the world.

-- https://www.arts.gov/

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Kevin Burke, 2013 Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology, in a concert of Irish fiddle music, with UW students and guests Elliot Grasso/uilleann pipes, Dale Russ/fiddle, and Tom Creegan/uilleann pipes.

Student performers: David Aarons/steel drum, Claire Anderson/trumpet, Ne Myo Aung/piano, Gwen Franz/violin, Maren Haynes/cello, Alexander Hoelzen/flute, Joseph Massey/guitar, Jason Moody/violin, Jocelyn Moon/banjo/piano, Corentin Pokorny/violin, Luke Stromberg/violin, Matt Swanson/violin.

Video recording by Jim Morford for the UW Ethnomusicology Archives; recorded with Panasonic AG-HMC 150P camcorder.

Contents (2013-18.1 WD)

Ch. 1 - Patricia Campbell introduces Elliot Grasso; Elliot talks about traditional music of Ireland & demos on tin whistle; Ch. 2 - Pat introduces Kevin Burke; Ch. 3-4 - Kevin talks; fiddle solo: "Seanamhac Tube Station"; Ch. 5-6 - Kevin introduces student group: "King of the Fairies" (set dance); Ch. 7 - "Three Slides" (jig) (student group)

Ch. 8-9 - Kevin introduces quartet: Hornpipe (named for Kitty O'Niell); "A Pretty Girl Milking a Cow" (air); 4 reels; Ch. 10-11 - Kevin introduces Elliot; Elliot introduces 2 hornpipes and 2 reels (uilleann pipes); Ch. 12 - Kevin and Elliot play a duet; Ch. 13 - Kevin introduces Tom Creegan & Dale Russ; Ch. 14 - Tom & Dale - 2 jigs; Ch. 15-16 - Talking; Tom & Dale play another duet (English tune); Ch. 17-18 - Kevin talks; Trio - Kevin, Tom & Dale; Ch. 19-20 - Elliot joins group onstage; Kevin talks; Quartet - Kevin, Tom, Dale & Elliot; Ch. 21 - Musicians chat; Encore - Kevin, Tom, Dale & Elliot

Transmission Data: Original digital recording transferred to digital file 12/2013 and edited (2013-18_norm.mov); Work Disc produced - 2013-18.1 WD.

Related collection: for audio recording of concert see collection 2013-19.

Documentation: Concert flyer and program

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Concerts
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Europe--Europe--General Europe
  • Ireland
  • Seattle (Wash.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Burke, Kevin (performer)