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The Sligo Maid / The Woman of the House / The Sailor's Bonnet (medley)

By: Kevin Burke

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1   Love at the Endings/ John McGrath's Reel (medley) Buy Buy
2   The Humours of Lissadell / Sweeney's Dream (medley) Buy Buy
3   Murphy's Hornpipe Buy Buy
4   The Sligo Maid / The Woman of the House / The Sailor's Bonnet (medley) Buy Buy
5   The Strayaway Child Buy Buy
6   The College Grooves Buy Buy
7   Toss the Feathers Buy Buy
8   The King of the Fairies Buy Buy
9   The Mason's Apron / Laington's Reel (medley) Buy Buy
10   The Bunch of Keys / The Girl That Broke My Heart (medley) Buy Buy
11   Bonnie Kate / Jennie's Chickens (medley) Buy Buy
12   Rise a Mile (Ride a Mile, Ride a Mule Buy Buy
13   Brendan McGlinchey's Reel (Splendid Isolation) / Sweeney's Buttermilk (medley) Buy Buy
14   Tuttle's Reel / The Chicken in the Saucepan (The Maids of Mitchelstown)(medley) Buy Buy
15   The Kid on the Mountain Buy Buy
16   The Killarney Wonder Schottisches: Gurren Castle and The Finnea Lasses / The Long Note (medley) Buy Buy

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Hailed as "virtuosic and powerful" by the New York Times, Kevin Burke is a master of the highly ornamented Sligo style of Irish fiddling. Born in London, England, his strong family ties to County Sligo on Ireland's west coast immersed him in one of the Celtic world's most revered musical legacies. Performing with such seminal groups as the Bothy Band, Open House, and Patrick Street and with artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Kate Bush, and Ry Cooder further honed his superb musicianship. Recorded in 1972, this album captures young Kevin Burke's stunning artistry during his earliest years in the United States. Instrumentation ranges from solo fiddle to group pieces that include guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, and bodhrán. 46 minutes, 17 tracks, 28-page booklet with extensive notes. Reissue of Folkways 8876.

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Kevin Burke's debut recording, Sweeney's Dream, was originally released in 1973 and marked him at the dawn of his career as a traditional musician of rare ability. He took many of the tunes here from the repertoire of the great County Sligo fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison, whose recordings in the early part of the 20th century had a profound influence on the technique of Irish fiddling. Burke's playing on the unaccompanied tunes such as "Murphy's Hornpipe" and "The Strayaway Child" shows that at the tender age of 23 he had complete command of the traditional styles. But selections such as the medley of reels "George White's Favorite/The Happy Days of Youth/Coleman's Cross," which include such non-Irish instruments as 5-string banjo and 12-string guitar, hint at the more modern tendencies that would come to fruition with the Bothy Band, as well as his own bands Patrick Street and Open House. Sweeney's Dream may have been Kevin Burke's first recording, but his fiddling was at such a high level you would think he had been making records for years. --Michael Simmons

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