Liz Carroll

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Liz Carroll
Born (1956-09-19) 19 September 1956 (age 58)
Origin Chicago, United States
Genres Folk music
Irish traditional
Occupation(s) 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, born on 19 September 1956 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. She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Recording, performance and publishing career[edit]

In 1978, Liz Carroll released her first recording, a collaboration with Tommy Maguire called "Kiss Me Kate". The following year, she recorded her first solo album "A Friend Indeed". Her second solo album, eponymous, was released only in 1988. In 1992, Carroll joined up with Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule to form a group called Trian who recorded two albums.

In 1994, Carroll received the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship Award.

In 2000, Carroll released her third solo album, Lost in the Loop, which received the Indie award for best Celtic/British Isles recording that year. In 2002, Carroll recorded another solo album entitled 'Lake Effect', and most recently, 'In Play' and 'Double Play', with guitarist John Doyle. In 2007, Carroll released a live album and DVD with String Sisters titled Live which was recorded in 2005. Her recent CDs are on the Green Linnet and Compass Records labels. She appears solo in concert, 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.

In August 2010, two hundred Carroll compositions, recorded and unrecorded, were published as Collected: Original Irish Tunes.[1]


  • 1978 – Kiss Me Kate (with Tommy Maguire) (Shanachie Records)
  • 1979 – A Friend Indeed (with Marty Fahey) (solo album #1 - reissued 1995) (Shanachie Records)
  • 2000 – Lost in The Loop (solo album #3) (Green Linnet Records)
  • 2002 – Lake Effect (solo album #4) (Green Linnet Records)
  • 2005 – In Play (with John Doyle) (Compass Records)
  • 2007 – Live (with String Sisters) (Compass Records)
  • 2009 – Double Play (with John Doyle) (Compass Records) (Grammy nominee)
  • 2013 – On the Offbeat (solo album #5) (self-released)


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

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