Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll was born in Chicago of Irish parents and grew up with Irish music all around her.  Her father, Kevin Carroll, had arrived in Chicago in 1951 from Offaly County, Ireland, with a button box accordion.   Liz followed suit and started playing accordion at age 5.  Following in the tradition of her maternal grandfather,however, young Liz moved on to fiddle … Read More

Nicolae Feraru


Nicolae Feraru (b. 1950) was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013.  A musician’s musician, he is a brilliant cimbalom player who has triumphed over great hardship.  Feraru was born to a large Roma (Gypsy) family of lautari (musicians) in Bucharest, Romania.  His father played the cobza, a lute, and the tambal mic, … Read More