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Kevin Burke (4/25/2019)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, Delaware

$26.00 Advance Online
$30.00 at Door
Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Click here to order discounted tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door.

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the  1970’s. His far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits” and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo GuthrieKate BushChristy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles – Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim OBrienLiam O Maonlai, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles Apap and Greg Ewer; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn String Band; renowned Irish bands Dervish, Solas and Lunasa and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John Brennan(Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others). 

Kevin 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. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, Loftus Music, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam Ceoil” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame .

In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal O Domhnaill. Their 2 albums, Promenade and Portland, became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians. 

In the mid Eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, Open House and Patrick Street, whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid Nineties Kevin was a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group – The Celtic Fiddle Festival, this time with Johnny Cunningham from Scotland and Christian Lemaitre from Brittany. 

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it.  This is very evident in his new live solo release, An Evening with Kevin Burke, a collection of performances and stories before audiences in Ireland and US, including his home town of Portland, Oregon. 

Visit Kevin’s website

Jim Malcolm (3/21/2019)

Jim Malcolm

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, Delaware

$26.00 Advance Online
$30.00 at Door
Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Click here to order advance tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door.

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe.

With family roots in Perthshire and Strathclyde, Jim has been a professional musician since graduating from Edinburgh University. His first arena was the folk music scene in Scotland, where he gigged in almost every town and isle from Berwick to Benbecula and from Stranraer to Lerwick. Working solo or in various bands and combos in far flung pubs, hotels and clubs toughened him up or a future life on the road.

The opportunity to join the already established Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs saw Jim further explore countries on the European continent and North America, travelling as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Over his eight years with the band, Jim recorded three studio albums and a live cd. Jim’s 2011 release Sparkling Flash sees a band reunion ‘across the ether’, as several Dogs members make a guest appearance.

As a solo performer with ten solo CDs to his credit, Jim can mix it with anyone out there. As well as a renowned singer, he is in the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays mostly in the folk guitar tuning dadgad in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.

His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages.

Visit Jim’s website

Green Willow and The Grand present: Songs of Ireland – A Celtic Celebration (3/10/2019)

Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Celebration
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $37.00 – $43.00

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Songs of Ireland presents an exhilarating and unique musical approach to universally loved songs and arias with all original arrangements drawing from Irish Traditional folk song; opera arias, duets, trios, quartets and ensembles; songs from the great American songbook; Broadway hits; and “modern” contemporary popular repertoire.
The company features 4 tenors, 4 sopranos, 1 pianist, and 3 traditional Irish instrumentalists (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, and Concertina) as well as some familiar faces from the popular Five Irish Tenors

Visit the band’s website

The Dogs are coming…

We still have seats available for our upcoming show featuring the long-awaited return of Scotland’s OLD BLIND DOGS on Monday, August 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm at the Kennett American Legion Hall in Kennett Square, PA. And, YES, founding member Jonny Hardie will be “in the house”. For full information, call us at (610) 566-4932, email us at, or simply visit



Although some of the artists presented by the Green Willow Folk Club are US-based, for almost 35 years we have relied heavily on the availability of touring Celtic and British Isles performers from overseas. In recent years, however, there has been an ongoing issue in which many of these performers have been unable to get their required “P” or “O” visas approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 14 day period specified in legislation passed by Congress in 1991. On top of this, the available “expedition” of these cases involves a “Premium Processing Service” imposed on a per-case basis by CIS of $1,225, which in most cases is well beyond the resources of most petitioners (including small, non-profit arts organizations like Green Willow).

Legislation to address this problem and reform the performer visa process was recently introduced in bi-partisan fashion by Senators Patrick Leahy (D, Vermont) and Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) in the form of the “Artists Require Timely Service” Act (S. 2466). The link below to Senator Leahy’s website gives a good description of this proposed legislation:

If you enjoy the opportunity to see a wide variety of artists from around the world perform at your local concert halls, folk clubs, coffee houses and other venues, we encourage you to contact your Senators to express your support for this legislation. The following site provides contact info for all 100 US Senators:

For those of you in the immediate four-state “Green Willow” area, here is the contact info for those Senators:


The Hon. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D – DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2441

The Hon. Christopher A. Coons (D – DE)
127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5042


The Hon. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D – PA)
393 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324

The Hon. Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
248 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254


The Hon. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D – MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4524

The Hon. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D – MD)
110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4654


The Hon. Senator Cory A. Booker (D – NJ)
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224

The Hon. Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ)
528 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744