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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • ASIN: B0000584VP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kris Hughes on 28 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the first solo recording released by Irish fiddle god Kevin Burke way back in 1973, before he joined the Bothy Band.
I admit to being a big fan of his playing. Although this is not the first of his recordings that I owned, in many ways it is my favourite. Perhaps it is a little closer to the Sligo style than some later recordings (although one could make too much of that) and perhaps I also like it because it lacks much in the way of studio trickery, although most of ot it is surprisingly well recorded.
Conceived as a somewhat experimental collaboration between Burke's (at the time) pure Irish style, and American "old timey" music, the backing seems a little inappropriate here and there, yet is sensitive enough that it never detracts much from the overall effect. This is in part because even on his first outing Burke's playing is so strong and expressive that it just seems to naturally take the lead. There are also a number of entirely solo tracks.
This Smithsonian Folkways 2000 reissue is impeccably packaged, with an extensive booklet that includes an autiobiographical section by Kevin Burke, which helps place this recording in the context of his life and musical career, plus his notes on all the tunes. Also a discography, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 29 Oct. 2011
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This album has a great deal of earthiness and clarity, containing as it does music from a part of Southern Ireland. It's to be recommended if you like Irish fiddling, without a variety of other musicians and influences (ie. Patrick Street.)
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By Colin edwards on 3 Nov. 2014
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Surely one of the most gifted fiddle players Ireland has ever produced.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
One fiddler alone keeping a pub spellbound in the old style! 4 April 2003
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Failte! (Greetings) Kevin Burke is one of the few fiddlers I can think of that could walk into any pub in Ireland, get out his fiddle and start playing through any of the hundreds of memorized traditional Irish tunes and keep his audience quiet and spellbound for extended periods of time absolutely alone. Kevin calls this "naked fiddle" with no other instruments involved to cover up what they call in the old country a "fiddler's fart." This is a follow up album to "If the Cap Fits," which is no longer available new. This is traditional Irish Music played the traditional way for fun and relaxation. Recorded in the early 1970's, this recalls a time before big budget albums and concerts. This was before competitions. In fact, if you had put a bunch of fiddlers together in the same pub, they wouldn't compete against each other. They would drink Guinness and jam until the "wee hours" of the morning together. This wasn't a primary "who the alpha male or female fiddler" thing. It was an enjoy the music and companionship thing. If you are building a Celtic Music Collection, this old style of playing needs to be represented. This album with "The Traditional Music of Ireland" by James Kelley, Paddy O'Brien and Daithi Sproule (which is still available but hard to access on are excellent examples of this era of pub music. You can find Kevin's current music with the band Patrick Street either on album of frequent U.S. performances. Ceol de Erin Go Bragh! (Music of Ireland forever!)
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Lovely, spare, fiery 12 Dec. 2001
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Burke sounds wonderful here, and every note he plays can be heard, as this recording was done without a backing band. Celtic music fans will enjoy this album, and fiddle people will treasure it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
awesome fiddling 14 Nov. 2007
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This is my favorite Kevin Burke recording, and right up there among my favorite collections of fiddle tunes by any artist. These tunes, recorded relatively early in Burke's impressive career, may seem somewhat less-refined than his later work with the Bothy Band and Patrick Street, but his extraordinary talent on the fiddle really stands out with no distraction from accordians, uillean pipes, etc. in the background. The selection of tunes is excellent, and whether your passion is Irish traditional music or blugrass, you'll likely recognize and appreciate many of these numbers. I like it more and more every time I listen, but give the samples a listen if you're in doubt as to whether you'll appreciate this CD as much as I do.
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I'm feelin' a little bad for giving this recording only 3 stars... 29 Nov. 2008
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...after all the glowing reviews, but Burke, who is clearly a monster in terms of his chops, plays so fast that the melodies (which are the soul of Irish fiddle tunes), tend to get clipped under the hooves of his playing. I'm listening to the CD as I write this, and it just doesn't move me like so much Irish music does. It's the speed at the expense of feeling and melody. Listen to Martin Hayes' LIVE IN SEATTLE if you want to hear Irish fiddle that will make you want to cry or get up and dance, depending on the tune.
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