Acoustic Routes and Saline's Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., are hosting the acclaimed Irish fiddler Kevin Burke for a rare solo concert on Saturday, May 18.
For nearly four decades, Kevin Burke has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music as part of seminal groups, including The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival. Burke has also been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor given in the United States for folk and traditional arts. There may be no better place to hear him play and tell stories than up close and personal at a solo show in a pub setting like Stony Lake Brewing.
As he explains on his web site, “I started to think that, with the great popularity of various groups over the last twenty-five years or so, many people have forgotten that this kind of music used to be played mainly solo. The bands, groups and accompanists are a relatively recent development (in fact one great musician from an older generation told me not long ago that ‘accompanists are a bit like vice presidents — you don’t really need ’em’) so I thought it would be interesting to let people hear the ‘naked’ fiddle once more.”
Whether playing solo or with a band, Burke displays dazzling technique and a vast repertoire.
Advance tickets are $18 and available through Eventbrite. Tickets may be available at the door for $20 the day of the show. Please call ahead to confirm availability: 734-316-7919. All proceeds benefit the artist.