Chicago fiddler and composer Liz Carroll has been a part of Milwaukee Fest since the beginning. She appeared with Green Fields of America at the first festival in 1981 and performed on some of the workshop stage demonstrations. She's been back numerous times since as a solo artist, with her renowned duo with guitarist John Doyle, and as a member of other bands. Liz has also been an integral part of the Irish Fest Summer School, teaching fiddle and her tunes to hundreds of students over the years. Liz was born in Chicago of Irish parents. She's a junior and senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and is featured on ten albums and has appeared on many more. Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994). In 2010 she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy, and in 2011, she became the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland's most significant traditional music prize.
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