The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast Episode 9: Kevin Burke

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    Toner Quinn speaks to renowned fiddle-player Kevin Burke about his music and recordings and his work with groups such as the Bothy Band and Celtic Fiddle Festival.

    Through his work with traditional music groups such as the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Open House and Celtic Fiddle Festival, his duo albums with the late singer and guitarist Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, and the solo albums If the Cap Fits, Up Close and In Concert, Kevin Burke has had a major influence on modern Irish fiddle-playing. In this interview, editor Toner Quinn asks Kevin about learning music in South London, moving to Ireland in the 1970s to play with Christy Moore, joining the Bothy Band, his work with Ó Domhnaill, Patrick Street and the Celtic Fiddle Festival, and his thoughts on teaching Irish traditional fiddle.

    For more on Kevin Burke, his new tune book The Solo Albums and his most recent album Sligo Made, visit

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    The Gloaming is Martin Hayes, fiddle, Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocal, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, hardanger fiddle, Dennis Cahill, guitar and Thomas Bartlett, piano.

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  3. Chicago Fiddler’s Music Is a Hit in Ireland

    Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll joins guitarist John Doyle on her latest CD, In Play. Her music made it from the American Midwest into the canon of Irish traditional tunes. Carroll talks to Melissa Block about the satisfaction of hearing her songs played at Irish fiddle sessions.


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  4. Irish Music Stories Podcast: Episode 01-Trip to Sligo

    This inaugural episode tells the tale of Cormac Gaj and the band he formed with fellow Boston tweens. I learn about their amazing journey to the All Ireland music competition in Sligo; and I dig into what it meant to Cormac… and to all the parents, teachers, and peers who were in on the qualifying round in New Jersey, and the big Fleadh (contest) in Ireland. Whether you already play the fiddle or you don’t know anything about trad music or dance, you’ll join me, Shannon Heaton as I visit Boston and Dublin Comhaltas branches (Irish music schools); Mary MacNamara’s kitchen in Tulla, where she teaches music and organizes Irish music exchanges; and Cormac’s living room where he tells his big story. Great stories here from Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll, too. There’s plenty of music here, too. Full music listings and information at

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