Virtuoso Irish fiddler to play in Pendleton

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Irish fiddler Kevin Burke will perform at the Pendleton Center for the Arts with Cal Scott. The pair released their debut CD in 2007.

PENDLETON -- Kevin Burke, a musician widely regarded as the world's finest living Irish fiddler, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., in the Pearson Auditorium.

Cal Scott, The Trail Band guitarist, mandolinist and composer, will appear with him.

The pair released their debut CD "Across the Black River" in 2007 and it was quickly named a "top notable world music release" by The New York Times. The two men met in Portland while Scott was composing the score for a documentary about Northern Ireland.

Burke's career spans three decades, from seminal Irish group The Bothy Band and Christy Moore to duo recordings with the late Bothy Band guitarist Michael O. Domhnaill, to work with artists from Kate Bush, Arlo Guthrie and Tim O'Brien.

The New York Times calls him "a superior instrumentalist in any idiom ... impressively virtuosic." He received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002.

Scott has played in folk, rock and jazz ensembles for three decades.

He has recorded and produced over 20 CDs including nine with The Trail Band, an eight-piece Northwest American roots and folk group.

He has scored more than 30 documentaries for Public Broadcasting System programs.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by calling 541-278-9201.

For more information and music clips visit pendletonarts.org .

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