TU hosts Grammy-nominated fiddler

From campus productions to famous guests, Transylvania hosts performances throughout the year that enhance the campus community’s exposure to the arts. March 2 in Carrick Theater, fiddler Liz Carroll will bring her skills for just such a performance at 7:30 p.m.

Fiddler Liz Carroll channels Celtic inspiration for her music, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010.

For those who don’t know, Carroll was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 and has played the fiddle since she was a child. She has captivated audiences for her entire life, playing around the globe and receiving praise and awards.

One of these awards was the Cumadóir TG4, which holds significance as being one of Ireland’s most prestigious music awards. She is the first American-born recipient of the award. Carroll also released 10 albums from 1978 to 2009, with her most recent receiving a five-star rating on iTunes.

Professor of Music Dr. Larry Barnes brought forth the initial idea of bringing Carroll to Transy’s campus.

“Liz is an amazing musician and we are very lucky to have her here,” said Barnes.

For anyone curious about how her music sounds, her discography is available for downloading on iTunes. For the more adventurous listener, her show should suffice as well.

Along with Carroll’s fiddling skills, the audience can expect to see Cormac McCarthy performing with her on piano. Born in Ireland and currently living in Chicago, McCarthy received the Bill Whelan International Music Bursary in 2010 and has been playing piano since the age of 4.

With Irish roots evident in his music, along with Carroll’s Celtic sounds, their concert should prove to be a fantastic experience for any music lover. First-year Jessica Martin is one person who plans on attending.

“It’s not every day that you are able to see talent like this,” Martin said.

Order tickets for this show as soon as possible, because only 250 seats are available. Tickets must be attained beforehand, as the show is expected to sell out quickly. Anyone with Transylvania identification can receive one free ticket. For all others, tickets are $10 and must be paid for in cash. To order tickets, call the fine arts box office at 859-233-8141.

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