Fid­dler Kevin Burke takes the stage at Gig; Bri­tish al­ter­na­tive-rock band World Party plays Sky­light; Make Mu­sic Santa Fe un­rolls at the Rai­l­yard Plaza

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Not too long af­ter Kevin Burke started play­ing the fid­dle as a young boy in Lon­don, he found a spe­cial at­trac­tion to Ir­ish mu­sic, and dis­cov­ered that the well-known fid­dlers from the Emer­ald Isle used cer­tain tech­niques you couldn’t learn from books. Burke, who plays at Gig Per­for­mance Space at 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, June 19, found out about mu­si­cal­note “or­na­men­ta­tions” called crans, rolls, and shakes, and then was con­fronted by some­thing called the “nyaah.” It took him years to master that par­tic­u­lar knack of ex­pres­sive­ness, so that his lis­ten­ers would say, “He has the nyaah!” Over the past 37 years, Burke has recorded more than a dozen al­bums. Hear his awe­some but tem­per­ate tech­nique at Gig (1808 Sec­ond St.). Tick­ets are $20 at the door. See — Paul Wei­de­man

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