Joe & Sheila share a common heritage of Irish & Native American traditions that comes from the Appalachian region ofKentucky and West Virginia, now based in Ann Arbor/Detroit Michigan.They have used their experiences and their visions in the writing of this profound recording.A perfect blend of Universal and Timeless Americana, Folk, & World music with powerful lyrics and beautiful voices.

With that in mind, we ask you to consider
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke.
The 2020 International Tour is now being coordinated.
Their debut CD release Everybody Has A Purpose was released in late 2015.
With songs like the highly charged Soldiers In The Army Of Mercy & Peace
which immediately received the 2015 Global Music Award for Folk Song Of The Year, and the universally uplifting title track, this record becomes a must for all audiences.
It has been described as sounding more like a career spanning greatest hits album, than a debut CD.
'Soldiers In The Army O Mercy & Peace has been chosen and is receiving airplay and great response in the Holy Land at the borders of conflict between Israel, Palestine, & Lebanon.
Joe & Sheila received back to back Detroit Music Awards for
World Music Songwriters Of The Year in 2013 & 2014.
While onstage at Detroit's 2015 Concert Of Colors they were presented with a Michigan Governor's Award for
Artistic Excellence and their efforts for Social Justice, Peace, & Cultural Diversity by their State Representative.
On June 1, 2017 Joe Kidd was inducted into the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
December 2018 brought them World Songwriters Award - Best Duo.
On April 10, 2019 Joe & Sheila received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from the U S House of Representatives while onstage at Dearborn Center of the Performing Arts.  Fall of 2019 brought Best Acoustic Song from Clouzine International Music Magazine. 
Joe & Sheila have appeared in Mexico (Hyatt Ziva Resort Hotel), Ontario Canada, and across the USA from
Brooklyn NY (17 Frost Theater), to Nashville TN (Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge), to Hollywood CA (Genghis Cohen Theater), they appeared in Joshua Tree Ca (J T Saloon), Serpent Mound Ohio, The Ark (legendary folk venue) in Ann Arbor Michigan, Woodstock New York, Gettysburg PA, Atlanta GA, Branson MO, to name a few concert appearances this season.  
Michigan/Midwest region shows are too many to mention.   A short list of recent appearances is documented in the TOUR section of our official website.
In October 2019 Joe and Sheila completed their first European Tour.  They visited 8 countries in 3 weeks (England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, & France).  In 2020 they will be in Memphis Tn. Muscle Shoals Al, and many other music capitols across the USA.
The record is enjoying international airplay in UK, Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, Germany and more, as well as countless radio and internet stations across America.
It recently received the Soldiers Of Peace Award from Ear 2 The Ground Music Blog NYC.
The CD is also receiving unanimous critical praise (as evidenced on the official website).
It is available on ITunes, Amazon, AmazonUK, and all great outlets.
The last track on the CD, 'Waiting For That Flower To Bloom'  is also featured
on the new benefit compilation album titled 'Songs For Standing Rock Vol 5'.
We Thank You
for your consideration and your good work.
You are invited to contact us here ...
recent TV appearance - PBS
recent album review - Nov 25 2018
concert photos with descriptions

Previous events


Folk Music Showcase

Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church, 129 Simcoe Street, Amherstburg, Ontario

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke return by invitation as part of the new format for this gathering. There will be 4 featured artists for 1/2 hr each to complete this 2 hour special event.  


Martin Luther King Memorial Concert & March

Saint Matthew Saint Joseph Episcopal Church, 8850 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

join fellow Motor City artists, activists, & marchers

by invitation for the 4th year in a row

for this annual celebration of the life and work

of Rev Dr King.  


Detroit Blues Society - Attic Dwellers Gathering

Attic Bar - PLAV #6, 9545 McDougal Street, Hamtramck, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke join the circle of talented musicians from the Detroit area for this monthly marathon of music and friendship. Musicians of all genres and all insturments gather to share stories and songs in the historic city of Hamtramck Michigan.


Acoustic Showcase at Velodrome

Lexus Velodrome, 601 Mack Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke join a long list of acoustic musicians for a presentation in this most unique venue. A giant air filled dome housing an olympic bicycle racing track with a beautiful state of the art staging area in the center midway complete with bar and cafe.  Very Cool. 


Rock 4 Tots Christmas Benefit Concert

Freddy's Bar & Grille, 40000 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke are invited back for the 2nd year in a row to join Michigan's premier Rock & Folk musicians in this 2 day festival to raise  money and awareness for the children who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the gifts of this holiday. Produced by the one and only Joe Evangelista.


Up and Doing Christmas Celebration

1st United Methodist Church, 72 Oak Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke provide the soundtrack to this annual Christmas Extravaganza intended to bring joy and excitement to the season.


Alien Xmas Christmas Call In Fundraiser

Alien X Radio, 6428 Madison Street, Taylor, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke live in studio from 11am - noon singing songs, telling stories, supporting chrismas for children. You are invited to join us and take part in the celebration at this website   and call in to join Joe & Sheila at this telephone number 1.313.444.8919


META PEACE Detroit Center for Border Free NonViolence

Al Malek Restaurant and Conference Hall, 28937 West Warren Road, Garden City, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke join host Siham Awada Jaafar and guest speakers Nicole Ramos & Huwaida Arraf to present and afternoon of music, speakers, and  an award ceremony to celebrate and bring higher awareness to the issues of injustice and violence. Delicious meal provided.


Church House Concerts

Amhurstburg Community Church, 125 Alma Street, Amhurstburg, Ontario

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke return to join a lineup of excellent hand picked artists for an evening of original music and surprises in a new and exciting venue. Hosted by the very talented Phil Kasurak.


Showcase Night at Paddlewheel

Paddlewheel Lounge, 9 South Boardwalk Ave, Branson, Missouri

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke appear for the first time in the Music Capitol of Branson Mo. to join a list of talented musicians for a night of original and traditional music.


Fibril Illusions Art Exhibit

James R DeSana Center For Arts & Culture, 81 Chestnut Street, Wyandotte, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke provide the original soundtrack to this unique art exhibit of mixed media including textile, fabric, sculpture, jewels, paint, and other fiber materials. Curated by artist, designer, & publisher Cheryl Zemke, this will be a once in a lifetime meeting of the arts.


Bluegrass & Folk Music Jam

Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke join some of Mid Michigan's finest acoustic musicians for this afternoon concert in the beautiful surroundings of nature and this excellent facility.


Broadcast Interview with Josie Passantino

The Josie Show, P O Box 8017, Bartlett, Illinois

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke spend 1/2 hour with Josie Passantino as guests of The Josie Show discussing music, songs, history, relationships and future plans. Plus a couple of songs from their CD titled Everybody Has A Purpose.


Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke EuroTour 2019 Farewell Concert

Vicinity Club London England, St Katherines Way, London, England

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke End the 2019 Eurotour by returning to The Tower Hotel for the finale of a whirlwind extravaganza.


After Hours with Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke

Evergreen Laurel Levallois Perret Hotel France, 8 Place Georges Pompidou, Paris

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke performing late night show following Moulon Rouge. Original music on guitar and piano to close the evening.


Swiss Beer Hall Show

Grande Hotel Europe Lucerne Switzerland, Haldenstrasse 59, Lucerne

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke appearing in hotel lounge for acoustic songwriter showcase. Then join fellow travelers in Beer Hall for dancing, singing, and music including blowing the great Alpine Horn.


International Folk Showcase

Grande Hotel Mediterraneo Florence Italy, Lungarno Del Tempio, Florence

Joe Kidd joins others to improvise on African stringed instrument called Kora.


Opera Night in Rome

A.Roma Hotel Italy, Via Georgio Zoega 59, Rome

Just a few meters from the Vatican.

Sheila Burke sings 'Ave Maria' in full opera voice. 


Gondola Concert on the Grande Canal

Novotel Venezia Castellana Hotel Italy, Via Ceccherina 21, Venice

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke sing Italian and other favorites like 'Thats Amore' along with Tarantella Gondola drivers on an unforgettable journey through the beauty of this historic city.


JKSB Free Concert

Hotel Innsbruck Austria, Innrain 3, Innsbruck

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke perform for fellow travelers for an exciting sing along on Guitar and Piano.

Join the Army of Mercy & Peace Fan Club here.

Join the Army of Mercy & Peace Fan Club here.

First Thoughts

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke welcome you to our new home on the web.

This is the place where the new CD 'Everybody Has A Purpose' will be presented to the world.

We have given every effort and all of our energy to make this record both powerful and beautiful.

We are happy and excited that it has received a Global Music Award even before it was released, and that it has gotten great reviews from both fans and critics.

We are honored to have YOU here with us now.

 - peace to you - 

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke


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ThumbFest Music Festival

Shores of Lake Huron, Downtown, Lexington Michigan 48450 USA

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke appear for the 2nd year in a row at Thumbfest 2020. The festival highlights live acoustic music, with multiple stages throughout the picturesque town of Lexington, MI. Great regional and national Folk, Americana, World, and Bluegrass musicians play music, teach workshops, and sit in on jams.