Liz Carrol & John Doyle at the University of Hartford

After making the long trek down to NYC for a couple of shows last week, on Friday Jenn and I only had to go as far as West Hartford, where Liz Carroll and John Doyle were playing at the University of Hartford. We’d previously had to good fortune to see great performances by people like Susan McKeown, Lunasa and Flook at the WWUH concert series, so we were looking forward to adding Liz and John to that list.

We arrived in plenty of time, which got us seats right down in the front of the small auditorium, and it was a fine vantage point for watching two talented musicians demonstrate why they’re considered to be among the best in Irish traditional music today. It was an incredible concert, with Liz and John tearing through plenty of reels, a few hornpipes, and a couple of polkas. John also did a few songs, some of which were from his most recent solo album, and there were plenty of moments of wit and silliness during the between-tune banter. As an added bonus, Liz and John had just come from having dinner with the legendary Dáithí Sproule and his fiancee, and the two of them had come along to the concert. That meant we got to have Dáithí join Liz and John on stage for a song (sung by Dáithí) and a tune (two guitars and fiddle, which Liz jokingly described as a fiddler’s worst nightmare)!

All in all, it was a really great show, and I’ll be looking forward to the next time Liz and John make it back to Connecticut.

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