Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and André Brunet to appear in York, PA, Sept 26, 2010

In what has been described as “a meeting of minds, music, and cultural roots,” Celtic Fiddle Festival brings its concert of fiddle solos and ensemble playing to York’s Yorktowne Hotel on Sunday, September 26, at 4 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Susquehanna Folk Music Society.

Celtic Fiddle Festival is three of the finest folk violinists in the world who represent three distinct Celtic traditions in their solo sets and then come together for stunning ensemble playing. The group members are:

  • Kevin Burke—a world-renowned Irish fiddler whose career includes stints with the iconic Irish groups The Bothy Band and Patrick Street. Playing in the fluid, highly-ornamented County Sligo style, Burke has been honored with a National Heritage Award by the National Endowment for the Arts. Burke has toured and recorded with many artists, including Kate Bush, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Brady, and Christie Moore.
  • Christian Lemaître—who honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at night dances throughout Brittany, France’s Celtic region. He was one of the first to translate traditional Breton music to the fiddle. His style and repertoire also show influences from southern and eastern Europe.
  • André Brunet—a French-Canadian fiddler who plays Quebec’s infectiously rhythmic tunes. He performs a unique blend of folk music originating from France, England, Ireland, and Scotland, and was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Celtic Fiddle Festival is joined by master open-tuning Brittany guitarist Nicholas Quemener who records and plays with a number of Breton and Irish artists.

Celtic Fiddle Festival was originally conceived in 1992 as a unique touring project with Burke, Lemaître and Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham. The notion was such a success that a live recording, “Celtic Fiddle Festival,” was released in 2003 to glowing critical reviews and impressive sales. Sadly, Cunningham passed away in 2003. The group’s 2005 recording, “Play On,” was dedicated to him.

Before the 4 p.m. concert, local musicians are invited to participate in a free 2:30 p.m. Celtic music jam session. Listeners also are welcome.

Concert tickets are $22 General Admission, $18 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at or toll-free (800) 838-3006. This event is made possible with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at

Written by John Hope. Published in Central Pennsylvania Traditions Sept/Oct 2010. the newsletter of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society.


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