Kevin Burke and Foley and Jones to Perform at the Clark February 5

For Immediate Release

January 21, 2000

Kevin Burke, hailed as "probably the greatest Irish fiddler living" by the Village Voice, will perform at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, February 5, at 8:00 p.m. The concert, a double bill with the duo Foley and Jones, is the second in the Music at the Clark series "Celtic Music for the Millennium." Only a limited number of "standing room only" tickets remain, but seats are still available for the remaining two concerts in the popular series: Anam on Saturday, March 11, and Kila on Saturday, March 25. Tickets to each concert are $15 ($10 for members, $8 for students) and are available at the Clark Museum Shop, Cold Spring Coffee Roasters in Williamstown, Wood Brothers Music in Pittsfield, and Papyri Books in North Adams. To order tickets by phone, call the events office at 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Born and raised in London, Burke now lives in Portland, Oregon. His remarkable fiddle style, developed in the vibrant Irish music scene of 1960s London, soon earned him work with such musicians as Arlo Guthrie, Irish singer/songwriter Christy Moore, and the Bothy Band. In 1986, Burke joined the all-star cast of Irish musicians who eventually became the legendary quartet, Patrick Street.

Foley and Jones teamed up in 1999 and perform a variety of music drawn from the north east of England, Ireland, Scotland, and beyond. Foley is known for his guitar playing and has also been praised as a "strong unaffected singer" (The Washington Post). He co-founded The House Band and has been a member of the Irish "supergroup" Patrick Street since 1994.

Jones, a native of South Carolina, toured with The House Band in 1994 and became a full-fledged member of the group in 1998. Fellow fiddler Kevin Burke has said of Jones, "it's a pleasure to hear such a thoughtful approach to music." The Burke/Foley and Jones concert is the second in the Celtic Music series which began in January with critically acclaimed, standing-room-only performance by Lunasa. The remaining concerts will be Anam, "one of the world's most accomplished and fastest-rising acts in the Celtic genre," on March 11, and Kila, called "the future of Irish music" by Hot Press, on March 25.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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