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

With that in mind, we introduce you to
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke.
The 2020 International Tour was cancelled, but the duo is performing regularly online.  This year has given them the time and opportunity to concentrate on writing and recording the demos for the new album.
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 became an important addition to the folk music canon.
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 annual World Music Festival 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.
The recognition continues.  On August 15 2020 Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke received an International Singer-Songwriter Association award for Vocal Duo Of The Year. 
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, Austin TX, 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 September 2017, at the Michigan State Fair, Sheila Burke launched Just Want To Be Myself, the first installment of her acclaimed children's book series. 
In May 2020, Joe Kidd published his first book of verse and illustration titled The Invisible Waterhole, available exclusively on Amazon.
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.
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.
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recent TV appearance - PBS
recent album review - Nov 25 2018
concert photos with descriptions

Previous events


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.


International Singer Songwriter Association Awards Ceremony AfterParty

Georgia Racing Hall Of Fame, 45 GA-53, Dawsonville, Georgia

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke return by invitation for the 2nd year in a row to appear in concert at the ISSA Awards after party along with a number of award winning and talented artists.


10th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival

10th Annual John Hartford Memorial Music Festival, 5163 SR 135 N (Bill Monroe Memorial Hwy), Morgantown, Indiana

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke join a fabulous lineup of major Americana, Folk, & Bluegrass artists such asSam Bush, The Dillards, Bad Livers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades,and many, many more for this annual 4 day celebration of the life and career of the great John Hartford. Live from the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom Indiana.  May 27,28,29,30.


Acoustic Songwriter Showcase

Jubilee Music Store, 3105 North Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills - Kitty Hawk North Carolina USA

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke join a lineup of talented musicians from around the world for a 3 hour showcase of amazing music.


Big Barn Jamboree

Bobs Big Barn Jamboree, 1417 Johnson Street, Lake Odessa, Michigan

Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke appear by invitation for the 4th time in 4 years with an incredible lineup of Mid Michigan country music stars. Recorded video and audio for worldwide broadcast.  

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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Previous events

John hartford memorial festival - Springville Indiana - June 1 - 4 2022

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