We are delighted to announce our first artist for 2016’s festival – the one and only Liz Carroll!
Liz is one of the world’s most renowned fiddlers and prolific composers, whose tunes have entered into the repertoire of musicians around the globe.
Born in Chicago of Irish parents, and having been surrounded by music from a very young age, she is a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and has since toured for three decades – both as a solo artist and with a number of collaborators. In 2010 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy, whilst in 2011 she became the first American-born composer honoured with the Cumadóir TG4 – Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize. Liz has also been awarded a National Heritage Fellowship for her influence on Irish music in America.
Amongst innumerable career highlights, in 2009 Liz travelled to Washington D.C to play for fellow Chicagoan, President Obama, at the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. Her latest album, On the Offbeat, (her eleventh!) has been hailed a timeless classic, reaffirming her position as one of the world’s finest fiddling talents.