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KEvin Burke, 4/25 – Tickets Still AvailAble

Our next show comes up next Thursday evening, April 25 at 7:30 pm, featuring the legendary KEVIN BURKE. This will be Kevin’s first appearance with us since 2004, and he will be performing SOLO in an intimate evening of great tunes and stories from his long career.

The show will take place at our regular venue, the Blue Ball Barn at 1914 West Park Place in Alapocas Run State Park, just north of Wilmington off US 202. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, the show will start promptly at 7:30 pm.

Reserved tickets are $26 in advance and can be obtained online at burke2019.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets purchased at the door will be $30.00

PLEASE NOTE: A FORMATTING ERROR ON OUR WEBSITE MAY HAVE SUGGESTED TO SOME THAT ADVANCE TICKETS WERE NO LONGER BEING SOLD FOR THIS CONCERT. WE STILL HAVE PLENTY OF SPACE. ADVANCE TICKETS WILL REMAIN ON SALE ONLINE UNTIL 7:00 AM ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONFUSION.

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 Guthrie, Kate Bush, Christy 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 O’Brien; Liam 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). 

Blast From The Past – Kevin Burke (April 21, 2003)

With the approach of our show on April 25 featuring the legendary Kevin Burke, it’s time for another “Blast From The Past” from the Green Willow archives.

Following the closure of O’Friel’s Irish Pub in Wilmington in 2001, where we held our concerts for several years, we were forced to scramble among a number of small venues to hold shows. In 2003 and 2004 we held four concerts at the Buzz Ware Center in Arden, Delaware. The first of these was on April 21, 2003 when we featured Kevin in a solo performance that is to date – as near as we can tell from past records – the only time he has appeared for Green Willow. We’ve reached into the photo archive for a few shots taken at that show by current Green Willow president John Lupton.

Kevin Burke at Buzz Ware Center – 4/21/2003 (Photo by John Lupton)

It has been far too long since we’ve had the opportunity to present this master fiddler, storyteller and showman. If you don’t already have your ticket(s), you can get them directly online (with and advance discount) at burke2019.brownpapertickets.com. For more details on the show, visit greenwillow.org, send email to info@greenwillow.org, or call (610) 566-4932.

Kevin Burke at Buzz Ware Center – 4/21/2003 (Photo by John Lupton)

Kevin Burke – Solo!

Kevin Burke

We’ve had a few inquires as to whether our concert on April 25 at the Blue Ball Barn will feature Kevin Burke performing solo, or whether he will have supporting musicians with him. Allow us to clarify…

Kevin will be performing solo in an intimate evening of him playing his favorite tunes and telling his favorite stories.

Click here for full details, including how to procure advance, discounted tickets online.

Kevin Burke (4/25/2019)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Blue Ball Barn

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

Advance Reserved Tickets – $26.00

Tickets Purchased at Door – $30.00

Click here to order advance discounted tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets. ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE UNTIL 7:00 AM ON DAY OF SHOW

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

Kevin Burke will perform a solo concert for the Green Willow on Thursday, April 25 at the Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas Run State Park near Wilmington, Delaware

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 O’BrienLiam 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


PLEASE SUPPORT THE “ARTS” ACT (“ARTISTS REQUIRE TIMELY SERVICE”)

SUPPORT THE “ARTS” ACT (“ARTISTS REQUIRE TIMELY SERVICE”)

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:

https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/leahy-and-hatch-introduce-bipartisan-arts-act-to-speed-processing-of-visas-for-visiting-artists

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:

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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

DELAWARE

The Hon. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D – DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2441
Contact: www.carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-carper

The Hon. Christopher A. Coons (D – DE)
127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5042
Contact: www.coons.senate.gov/contact

PENNSYLVANIA

The Hon. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D – PA)
393 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324
Contact: www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

The Hon. Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
248 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254
Contact: www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

MARYLAND

The Hon. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D – MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4524
Contact: www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/

The Hon. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D – MD)
110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4654
Contact: www.vanhollen.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

NEW JERSEY

The Hon. Senator Cory A. Booker (D – NJ)
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224
Contact: www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact

The Hon. Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ)
528 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744
Contact: www.menendez.senate.gov/contact