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Album Review

Chicagoans know the lake effect all too well. But the main effect it seems to have on Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll is to get her to make some glorious music. These are all her compositions, and they showcase her exceptional talents as a player — although she's a good bandleader, too, judging from the way the small ensembles on the disc work together. While she can fiddle up a storm, she doesn't mind handing over the spotlight to John Doyle, whose work, guitar, and especially bouzouki are outstanding throughout. The set of "Catherine Kelly's/Lake Effect" is highlighted by bringing in the Turtle Island String Quartet on a gloriously delicate piece that wends deftly on beautiful melodies. Much of the rest, though carefully thought out, has the loose feel of the session about it, especially up-tempo pieces like "The Potato on the Door/Mary and the Tea Bag/Perpetual Check." And when Carroll reaches back for old tunes, which occur here and there, it's not with reverence, but smiling glee. A superior, delightful record.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A fantastic Irish fiddler from Chicago, Liz Carroll has been a member of Cherish the Ladies and the Green Fields of America. She's also part of one of the greatest Irish trios performing today, along with Billy McComiskey...
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