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Lilt at 333 Coffeehouse in September

| August 13, 2017, 01:48 PM

The 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis’ monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music, is pleased to present Lilt. The renowned Irish traditional duo will be joined by Jim Stickley on bodhrán (hand drum) and step dancer Agi Kovacs for a multidimensional performance!

Admission: $12 (students, senior citizens and members $10).

Lilt, the Washington, D.C.-based duo of Keith Carr and Tina Eck, will bring their skilful and joyous renditions of Irish traditional dance music to 333 Coffeehouse on Friday, September 15. The duo last performed for 333 in 2014. “We’re thrilled to be bringing Lilt back,” says 333 co-host Tom Rhoads. “They play Irish music the way it ought to be played – I can’t offer a higher compliment than that. Our audience has always responded really well to their music.”

Additionally, this concert will feature the awards ceremony for the annual Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, a statewide essay contest for middle schoolers sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action ( Winners will receive their awards and read excerpts from their winning essays.

lilt noun \ˈlilt\ 1: a spirited and usually cheerful song or tune 2: a rhythmical swing, flow, or cadence 3: a springy buoyant movement

Lilt — a duo consisting of Tina Eck on flute and whistle and Keith Carr on bouzouki and banjo — are trying to impersonate all of the aforementioned definitions of their name with their music. They met in the Washington DC session scene some years back and found that “flute and zouk” were a good instrumental match for what they love to play: traditional dance music from Ireland. Jigs and reels, polkas and hornpipes, the occasional slow air or vocal number. Lilt loves and tries to capture the essentials of Irish traditional music: boundless energy, wildness and melancholy.

Keith Carr plays the ten-string Irish bouzouki (aka “cittern”), tenor banjo, and mandolin. He is originally from New York but moved to Washington DC thirty-some years ago. He works as a conservationist and freelance web designer, but what he loves to do best is perform and teach traditional music. His background includes classical training in trumpet and piano, and many years as a performing guitarist. Keith teaches both bouzouki and banjo; he is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music, and teaches privately and at various Irish music camps and workshops. He also performs in concert with various other notable Irish musicians in the Washington area, and is a member of the contra dance band The Love Mongrels. He hosts the regular Irish music sessions at the Limerick Pub in Wheaton, MD. He lives in Falls Church, VA.

Tina Eck plays the Irish wooden flute and tinwhistle. Originally from Germany and now working as a Washington-based radio news correspondent, she discovered her passion for Irish traditional music in a local pub in Washington DC in the 1990’s. She has since performed at countless sessions, festivals, dances and concerts, including such notable venues as the Irish Embassy and the Kennedy Center. She has traveled to Ireland frequently and studied with some of the best traditional flute players in Ireland and the U.S. She is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music program at Glen Echo Park, and also teaches privately. In 2011 Tina was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Grant for Solo World Music Performance. Tina also holds a 2013 TTCT Teaching Diploma from Comhaltas Ceóltoirí Éireann (Dublin), identifying her as one of the premier teachers of Irish traditional music. Tina also performs with the bands Rambling House, The Flaming Shillelaghs, The Irish Inn Mates, and Cuil Mor. She lives in Cabin John, MD.

Lilt’s second full-length CD, Little Falls, was released in 2014 to glowing reviews in the music press. The CD was followed with a series of live shows entitled “Lilt + Dance,” combining their music with performances by a regional company of Irish step dancers.

Now in its 26th year, the 333 Coffeehouse is an acoustic concert series held the third Friday of the month at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House. It features traditional folk performers and songwriters. 333 is listener-centered, volunteer powered, non-profit, and smoke- and alcohol-free. Inexpensive hot and cold beverages, desserts and snacks are offered. With an intimate performance space and a modest admission price, 333 is a terrific entertainment value.

333 is a program of the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, an Annapolis 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting tradition-based music and dance.

Event: 333 Coffeehouse

Who: Lilt and special guests

When: Friday, September 15, 2017, 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7:00)

Where: Annapolis Friends Meeting House

351 DuBois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401 (off N. Bestgate Rd)

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