Acclaimed fiddler to play at RCCAC
ELKINS – Internationally acclaimed Irish fiddler Kevin Burke will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Randolph County Community Arts Center, along with guitarist Cal Scott.
The New York Times describes Burke as “a superior instrumentalist in any idiom…impressively virtuosic.” The Washington Post writes of his “lyrical style that is always emotionally electric,” and the Irish Times says that, “Burke’s fiddling is one of the high spots of the current Irish musical scene.”
Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. 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.
During his long musical career Burke 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 the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick Street.
By 1980, Burke had settled in the United States. He spent much of the 90s recording and performing in a series of highly successful concert tours with Johnny Cunningham from Scotland and Christian Lemaitre from Brittany, a trio of fiddle players known as “The Celtic Fiddle Festival” and he has also become a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O’Brien’s wonderful ‘crossover’ band, “The Crossing.”
Burke has garnered high praise from music critics on both sides of the Atlantic, and was hailed by the New York Times as one of the top world music releases of the year.
Scott is a remarkable multi-instrumentalist whose professional credentials span a wide range of music, from traditional music to bluegrass to jazz and everything in between. He plays guitar, but also bass and brass. Scott is a composer with dozens of scores for documentaries, films and commercials under his belt.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The RCCAC is supported by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
RCCAC is committed to providing accessibility to individuals with disabilities. If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact our office in advance. Call the RCCAC office at 637-2355 or log onto www.randolpharts.org for more information.