Kate Burke, Irish guitar player

Kate Burke


Kate Burke has been singing and performing as a talented multi-instrumentalist for many years.  An exquisite singer and a powerful and imaginative guitarist, Kate provides much of the backbone to Australia’s premier traditional Irish band, ‘Trouble in the Kitchen’.  Their distinctive sound makes the band one of the most exciting and innovative trad-folk acts playing today. With a versatile line-up fusing flute and fiddle with driving guitar and bouzouki ‘Trouble in the Kitchen’ has earned a reputation as world class performers of traditional Irish music.  Kate is also highly regarded as part of vocal duo Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, two of Australia’s most respected and renowned folk musicians. She has regularly toured the UK and Ireland, occasionally with legendary Irish singer Andy Irvine.  Their fifth album, ‘Declaration’ produced by Luke Plumb, takes a contemporary approach to traditional music and lifts it to a whole new level. Kate is in demand as a session guitarist and album producer, and has performed music for film and television.  She has a passion for community music, and is the director of the Bega Valley Children’s Choir.  An award-winning and highly-accomplished songwriter, Kate’s songs have been performed and recorded by such artists as Muireann nic Amhlaoibh (Danu) and award winning Melbourne Irish band ‘Tolka’.