I really should be writing about Irish fiddler Liz Carroll around St. Patrick’s Day, but having just met her, I couldn’t wait until next March. She was recently honored by Lawyers for the Creative Arts and I was privileged to hear a couple of numbers demonstrating her musical prowess at a recent LCA luncheon. That woman can make the violin literally sing and dance.
Although based in Chicago, Carroll travels the world promoting Irish music through her impeccable performances and her lovely compositions.
She composed and recorded music for last spring’s Art Institute of Chicago exhibit, Ireland: Crossroad of Art and Design, 1690-1840. Check out the first recording on this link for a delightful sample of her musical work in that project.
Whether playing solo or with instruments like the guitar, mandolin or harp, Liz Carroll immediately makes you think of the Irish music heard in pubs, in churches or in dance halls. I found it hard to stay in my seat at the Palmer House’s Empire Room as I tapped my toes to the infectious melodies and rhythms.
Here is another live performance of hers on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NReNvV5P0FA
Fellow creative professionals may want to check out her web site, it being one of the most comprehensive sites I have seen for covering the different aspects of one’s artistic business model.
Don’t wait until next St. Paddy’s Day to check out her performance schedule or recordings.