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Art Works Podcast: Liz Carroll

As we celebrate our 100th podcast---and St. Patrick's Day!---today's podcast features National Heritage Fellow Liz Carroll, who has long been recognized as one of the great Irish fiddle players. Born and raised in Chicago, Carroll participated in informal Irish musical gatherings, called sessions, from an early age. These sessions proved influential to her development as a musician. The different types of Irish music she was able to hear in Chicago guided her own distinctive playing and she won the All-Ireland Senior Championship at the age of 18. Her first solo recording, Liz Carroll, was chosen as a select record of American folk music by the Library of Congress in 1988, and her 2000 solo recording, Lost in the Loop, was named best in the Celtic/British Isles category by The Association for Independent Music. While she has always taken her music on the road, she has added more extensive world tours to her calendar now that her children are older, and is a founding member of the international musical group, the String Sisters. In the mid-2000s, she teamed up with guitarist John Doyle. Not only was their CD, Double Play, nominated for a Grammy Award, but the duo played at the White House for President Barack Obama on St. Patrick’s Day 2009.


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