Liz Carroll

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Liz Carroll
Origin Chicago, United States
Genres Folk music
Irish traditional
Occupations Musician, music teacher
Instruments Fiddle
Years active 1974 – Present
Labels Compass Records
Associated acts String Sisters
Green Fields of America
John Doyle
Daithí Sproule
Website Official website
Notable instruments

Liz Carroll is an American musician of Irish descent. She was born in Chicago of Irish parents. In 1974 she won the All-Ireland under 18 fiddle championship. The next year she won the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Championship.

Liz's first recording was in 1978, a collaboration with Tommy Maguire called "Kiss Me Kate". She recorded her first solo album "A Friend Indeed" the following year, and recorded another solo album in 1988. In 1992 Carroll joined up with Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule to form Trian. The group recorded two albums. Liz received the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1994. A third solo album, Lost in the Loop, was released in 2000. It received the Indie award for best Celtic/British Isles recording that year. In 2002, Liz recorded another solo album entitled 'Lake Effect', and most recently, 'In Play' and 'Double Play', with guitarist John Doyle.

In 2005, Liz recorded a live album and DVD with String Sisters titled Live, released in 2007.

Her recent CDs are on the Green Linnet and Compass Records labels. She appears in concert solo, as well as with John Doyle.

In 2010, Carroll became the first American-born traditional Irish musician to be nominated for a Grammy, when her recording with John Doyle Double Play on Compass Records was nominated in the "Best Traditional World Music Album" category. 200 Carroll compositions, recorded and unrecorded, were published in August 2010 as Collected: Original Irish Tunes.[1]


  • 2013 – On the Offbeat
  • 2009 – Double Play (with John Doyle)*
  • 2007 – Live (with String Sisters)
  • 2005 – In Play (with John Doyle)
  • 2002 – Lake Effect
  • 2000 – Lost in The Loop
  • 1995 – Trian II (with Trian)
  • 1992 – Trian (with Trian)
  • 1988 – Liz Carroll (reissued 1993)
  • 1979 – A Friend Indeed (with Marty Fahey) (reissued 1995)
  • 1978 – Kiss Me Kate (with Tommy Maguire)

*Grammy nominee


  1. ^ Carroll, Liz (2010). Collected: Original Irish Tunes. ISBN 978-0-615-37814-5. 

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