If The Cap Fits

By Kevin Burke

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The cap

I just listened to this album for the first time. This is a great album, it deserves the high regard people have for it.

Kevin Burke’s liner notes are priceless:

"Although this album combines modern arrangements and recording techniques, I have tried to retain as much as possible, the old traditional moods of Irish music, as it used to be played long ago in rural areas by small groups of musicians. Many of these older musicians used to play by themselves and for themselves as an expression and a relaxation, just like the old bluesmen. At other times it meant relief from more worldly troubles, a therapy. Today impact and communication are regarded as essential, and I feel that at times people forget that the musician often plays for his own enjoyment. Traditional music in Ireland sometimes suffers from an overdose of severity. This is probably brought about by the tense atmosphere of competitions in which so many young people in the last 20 years have been forced to play. Something I’ll always remember about the Irish musicians that I met when I was a child, was that there was always an element of fun, in their playing and in their music. Sometimes this gave way to a plaintive wistful mood, but the fun was never far away. Good humour is something I’ve always liked in music, and I hope this record leaves you happy." —Kevin Burke

The Kevin Burke set

Anybody ever play along to the whole mega-set on side 2 of "If the Cap Fits?" Did you need physio afterwards?

Those were the days when people played real sets!

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played bodhran to that last set….tiring to say the least

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Favorite Album

This is one of the few CDs that I have that I can put on and listen to the the whole thing through without wanting to change the track. Every single track is wonderful! I love the solo tracks and the two that he does with Jackie Daly best I think, and the ending set is also really great. Then, it’s also interesting to see how Kevin brings in other instruments to back him on the other tracks.

And yes glauger, his liner notes are wonderful. What would we do with out Kevin?

-Max

Mulligan?

Why is it these Mulligan records seem to outshine the stuff done after it?

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Mulligan records?

I think Mulligan records was taken over by Green Linnet. I got a copy of an old recording distributed by Mulligan, but now it’s being reissued by G. L. I think it’s the same with this one.

looking for “if the cap fits”

Does anybody out there have an old copy of Kevin Burke’s "If the Cap Fits" on cd (preferable) or vinyl that they’d like to part with, in good condition? Searching the web produces "unavailable", or ludicrously high prices (for me, a man of modest means). T’anks to one and all…

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I’ll do you a swap! Will email with further details… :-)

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Greg, make your way to Patty’s Pub (Bank St.) this Sunday and introduce yourself! Session starts at 9:00ish. Bring your fiddle, bring your guitar.

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I’ve a copy on cassette.

The cap fits indeed

Priding myself on being no less that twenty years behind the times, I have, with mighty thanks to the lovely and talented "Nell", finally secured, and therefore heard, a copy of this cd… brilliant! A fiddler’s Desert Island disc, to be sure. I like to keep current…

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Bobby Casey’s

I think this listing should be corrected to read:
Caislean Na Nor Bobby Casey’s Hornpipe

Particularly because it is a fabulous set the changeup in this set is, I think, exquisite

Finally found it! Kevin Burke - If the Cap Fits

I have searched the Internet high and low for a reasonably priced new copy of the CD "If the Cap Fits" by Kevin Burke. It appears to be out of print in the USA, and only sort of marginally available elsewhere. And it shows up used and new on ebay for rather high prices sometimes.

Well, I just discovered that you can buy it for $15US + $2.50 shipping directly from Kevin Burke’s website. They also sell it for 14 euros. So if anyone else is interested in buying a copy of this famed but elusive album, go to: http://www.kevinburke.com/html_links_music.html#capfits

Sorry if this is "old news", but I hope this message is useful to somebody.

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Well done, was lsitening to it on the way home today.
Class.

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"listening"

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A mighty buy!… after years looking for a reasonably priced copy, the lovely and talented "Nell" responded to my bleating right here at the Session, and did a cd swap with me (from England to Canada)… I’ve just about peeled the notes from the vinyl (?) with repeated listening… so I just might need another. T’anks much!

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Tim
Excellent - I’ve been looking for this recently but could only find one at £56 (about $80!!) so

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……………I’ve just placed my order

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……………I’ve just placed my order

whoops - too quick on the ‘post’ button

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Good find. This is still one of my favorite itm recordings by any individual or band. Learned the opening set of reels last year. Great fun.

This is a very fine CD. Kevin Burke is on fire. Also very good are Sweeney’s Dream and Solo Fiddle (the live concert CD).

Tunes listed for track 5 slightly incorrect

Track 5 is a set of 3 tunes, not 2: Star of Munster -> John Stenson’s #1 -> John Stenson’s #2. This is not indicated correctly in the track listing here. But if you search the tunes database on this site, both tunes are available and have the "1" and "2" in their names in accord with Kevin Burke’s names.

“Bobby Casey’s” b to read Caislean Na Nor/Bobby Casey’s Hornpipe

its such a beautiful set shame to not list it correctly, and it was mentioned previously in the comments …

Remastered…

Just picked this up from pre-order, a 30th Anniversary Edition reissue from Mulligan Records. Apparently they’ve been taken over by Compass Records Group, who have produced records for the likes of Dervish, Paddy Keenan & Tommy O’Sullivan, Lunasa, Mike McGoldrick, John McSherry, the Vallely Brothers and Buille. I’ll put this right next to Matt Molloy’s ‘Heathery Breeze’, a rare masterpiece.

Talk about circular breath!

mind you don’t get trapped in a time loop listening to (or playing, grego ) the last track on this album!

"This is a very fine CD. Kevin Burke is on fire. Also very good are Sweeney’s Dream and Solo Fiddle (the live concert CD)."

The live CD you describe as ‘Solo Fiddle’ is more commonly called "In Concert". I mention this because for a while I thought they were 2 different CD’s and wondered why I couldn’t find both!

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Track 3 with the mason’s apron, is that Peter Browne on the accordion?

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Fairly certain it was Jackie Daly. The "Peter Browne" playing on the album is the uilleann piper of the same name, plays on "The Hunter’s Purse", in the big medley on side 2 [ of the LP record ] , again, if I recall correctly.

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The Peter Browne who plays the accordion would have been a mere glimmer in someone’s eye when this album was released in 1978.

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