Karen Burciaga is a versatile violinist and fiddler based in Boston. She performs classical music, pop songs, Irish tunes, and 1920's jazz in many different settings including concert halls, churches, historic homes and colonial taverns. Karen often performs along with cello, guitar, harp, or bagpipes but is always available for solo engagements.
Karen is happy to work with clients to find just the right music for each and every occasion!
Additional musicians may be available upon request:
Daniel Meyers — uilleann pipes, Irish flute, bodhran
Shelley Otis — harp
Matthew Wright — guitar, Irish bouzouki, vocals
Rebecca Shaw — cello
Björn Wennås — guitar
Joy Grimes — violin, fiddle
Karen and team did such an amazing job during our Christmas dinner party. She was accompanied by a pianist and the two provided the perfect seasonal background music during our meal. The children loved listening to them and even danced between dinner and dessert! I would highly recommend Karen to others.
Karen came on time. Due to earlier e-mail communication, she played the pieces requested for our memorial service beautifully and they were incorporated seamlessly into the program in a most professional manner. A faultless performance!
Karen is a genuinely warm individual whose performance was perfect for our party. Her selection of Viennese waltzes was the highlight of our cocktail hour. The Shipping Up to Boston was a fun finale! Highly recommend her!!
Very prompt, professional, and talented
Thank you Karen for helping to create a festive upbeat atmosphere as guest arrived for our annual holiday dinner. We enjoyed the mix of classical and folk styles of music which was perfect the mix of guest we hosted.
Thank you to Karen B. for making our wedding ceremony amazing. Her beautiful playing set the tone for our nuptials. I would hire her for other events. To the brides out there - Hire her without delay!
Karen was amazing! She played the wedding music for myself and the bridal party as we walked down the aisle. She did an amazing job.
She was extremely professional and timely when responding to emails. I never had to worry. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering doing live ceremony music. You will not be disappointed
My guests could not say enough good things about Karen and the harpist Shelley she brought along the day of my wedding. Everyone raved bnout how well she played and how amazing the sound was. Karen was so flexible with my song choices and did an amazing job at working with my last minute song choices. I would definetely recommend her to all of my friends and would love to use her for another event in the future.
I am so glad to have chosen Karen to be the violinist for our wedding on 12/17/16. Everything went smoothly, and she was there to assist in every step of the way. She was right on top of everything, responded promptly to my questions, and not only did she have a wide variety of songs to choose, she also gave us the option to choose our own songs that she was more than willing to learn for our Big Day.
I can't say enough good things about her. She rocks and I highly recommend her for any event!!
Karen was wonderful: she kept in touch throughout the entire process; was absolutely delightful in person, while being very professional; played like an angel and was nice enough to thank me for the opportunity to play at the wedding.
Could not have been more pleased.
Karen answered a last minute music request for a drinks reception in Cambridge, MA. She was wonderful to work with, got a second musician on board for a duet and made the whole admin process quick and easy!
The music was beautiful, a mixture of classical, pop and irish tunes which the really guests enjoyed. I would book her again in a heartbeat!
Price Range: $150-500
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, German
A classically trained musician with a Master of Music degree, Karen has explored various folk fiddle traditions. She plays with Seven Times Salt, an early music ensemble dedicated to music of the 16th-17th centuries. Her trio, Ulster Landing, plays Celtic music on fiddle, harp, and uilleann (Irish) pipes. She recently became the fiddler for Newpoli, a Southern Italian folk band. In addition, her knowledge of classical violin repertoire gives her a wide variety of music to select from.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 19, 2019 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 02, 2019 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 14, 2019 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 21, 2019 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 19, 2019 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|April 27, 2019 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|March 30, 2019 • 8:30pm - 10:30pm||Birthday Party|
|February 19, 2019 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 19, 2019 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|January 11, 2019 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 31, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Dinner Party|
|December 16, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Dinner Party|
|November 24, 2018 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 06, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|November 27, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Christmas Party|
|August 05, 2017 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 01, 2017 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 28, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 20, 2017 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 17, 2016 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 25, 2016 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|September 17, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 09, 2016 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|August 20, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 19, 2016 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 03, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 21, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 14, 2016 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 14, 2015||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|October 17, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|October 04, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding - Portsmouth, RI|
|October 03, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Concert - Amherst, MA|
|September 27, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding - Mashpee, MA|
|September 26, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Reception - Gloucester, MA|
|September 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Concert - Somerville, MA|
|September 18, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding - Providence, RI|
|September 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding - Plymouth, MA|
|July 26, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
All I Want is You U2
All my Loving LENNON/MCCARTNEY
All of Me JOHN LEGEND
All of Me SUNG BY FRANK SINATRA
All the Single Ladies BEYONCE
All You Need is Love BEATLES
Alleluia LEONARD COHEN
Always on My Mind SUNG BY WILLIE NELSON
Amazing Grace TRADITIONAL
Annie's Song JOHN DENVER
Arioso J.S. BACH
Ashokan Farewell JAY UNGAR
As Time Goes By FROM "CASABLANCA"
A Thousand Years CHRISTINA PERRI
At Last SUNG BY ETTA JAMES
Banish Misfortune TRAD. IRISH
Be Thou My Vision TRAD. IRISH
Beautiful Day U2
Beauty Charming, Fair and Young SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL
Best Day of my Life AMERICAN AUTHORS
Blue Skies IRVING BERLIN
Both Sides Now JONI MITCHELL
Can You Feel the Love Tonight from "The Lion King" ELTON JOHN
Canon in D JOHANN PACHELBEL
Can't Help Falling in Love SUNG BY ELVIS PRESLEY
The Circle of Life FROM "THE LION KING"
Concerning Hobbits FROM "THE HOBBIT"
Count on Me BRUNO MARS
Dirty Water THE STANDELLS
A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes FROM WALT DISNEY'S "CINDERELLA"
Fanny Power TRAD. IRISH
Fields of Gold STING
Flowers of Edinburgh SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL
From this Moment On SHANIA TWAIN
Game of Thrones theme RAMIN DJAWADI
Gartan Mother's Lullaby IRISH TRADITIONAL
God Only Knows THE BEACH BOYS
The Greatest Love of All SUNG BY WHITNEY HOUSTON
Happy Together THE TURTLES
Haste to the Wedding IRISH TRADITIONAL
Hole in the Wall HENRY PURCELL
Home EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
Hornpipe from Water Music G.F. HANDEL
I Will BEATLES
I'm Shipping up to Boston DROPKICK MURPHYS
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring J.S. BACH
Just the Way You Look Tonight SUNG BY FRANK SINATRA
La Vie en Rose EDITH PIAF
L'Appuntamento ORNELLA VANONI
Lass o' Peatie's Mill SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL
Last Dance SARAH MCLACHLAN
"Last of the Mohicans" theme D. MACLEAN
Love Story TAYLOR SWIFT
Lovers' Waltz JAY UNGAR
The Luckiest BEN FOLDS
Mairie's Wedding TRAD. SCOTTISH
Make You Feel My Love BOB DYLAN/ADELE
Man in the Mirror SUNG BY MICHAEL JACKSON
Marry Me TRAIN
Marry You BRUNO MARS
Matchmaker, Matchmaker FROM "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF"
Moon River HENRY MANCINI
My Darling Asleep TRAD. IRISH
Ode to Joy L. VAN BEETHOVEN
One Hand, One Heart from "West Side Story" LEONARD BERNSTEIN
The Prayer SUNG BY CELINE DION
Rights of Man TRAD. IRISH
Sea of Love PHIL PHILLIPS
Sheep May Safely Graze J.S. BACH
Shelter from the Storm BOB DYLAN
Shipping Up to Boston DROPKICK MURPHYS
Siman Tov Mazel Tov JEWISH TRADITIONAL
Skye Boat Song SCOTTISH
Someday my Prince will Come FROM WALT DISNEY'S "CINDERELLA"
Someone Like You ADELE
Somewhere over the Rainbow FROM "THE WIZARD OF OZ"
Song Sung Blue NEIL DIAMOND
Speak Softly Love from "The Godfather" NINO ROTA
"Spring" from the Four Seasons ANTONIO VIVALDI
Strangers in the Night SUNG BY FRANK SINATRA
Summertime GEORGE GERSHWIN
Sunrise, Sunset FROM "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF"
Take Five DAVE BRUBECK
Time after Time CYNDI LAUPER
Trumpet Voluntary JEREMIAH CLARKE
Wedding March from "Midsummer Night's Dream" FELIX MENDELSSOHN
What a Wonderful World SUNG BY LOUIS ARMSTRONG
When You Wish Upon a Star
A Whole New World FROM "ALADDIN"
You Raise Me Up SUNG BY JOSH GROBAN
|Karen Burciaga||violin, fiddle|
|Daniel Meyers||uilleann pipes, Irish flute|
|Matthew Wright||guitar, bazouki|
|Joy Grimes||violin, fiddle|
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