The Harvest Home

* Please note: Online pre-registration for The Harvest Home has ended, but walk-ins are welcome for all workshops, the interview, and the concert!**


September 22, 2018

Featuring Trian

Join the members of Trian - Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule - for a day of Irish music workshops, interview, community lunch and a Saturday night concert. We welcome all instrumentalists, singers and music enthusiasts to join in this wonderful one-day celebration of traditional Irish music and culture!


Fiddle, accordion, guitar, song, and repertoire workshops.  Details are in table below.  All ages are welcome!

Á la carte workshop cost:
$40/workshop after August 31st 

**Online pre-registration for the Harvest Home have ended, but walk-ins are welcome for all workshops and the interview!**

Interview with Liz Carroll by Dáithí Sproule, 2:30pm

$18 after August 31st

**Online pre-registration for the Harvest Home have ended, but walk-ins are welcome for all workshops and the interview!**

Saturday Night Concert - Trian, 7:30pm

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Trian in concert featuring compositions by Grammy-nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll, songs by Dáithí Sproule of award-winning band, Altan, and the virtuosic playing of Billy McComiskey.  

$10 youth tickets for ages 18 and under

**Online pre-sales for the Harvest Home concert have ended, but tickets are still available at the door!**


We encourage participants to stick around for lunch, tunes & chat at the Junction! Order a tasty fresh-made sandwich, chips & cookie from Nelson's Cheese & Deli for $12.50/person along with your registration & concert tickets. Lunches will be delivered to the Junction by 12:30!

Please note that lunches must be ordered in advance. To order lunch, follow registration links above.

Event Schedule

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Check-in and Refreshments - come early to say hello and settle in!

9:30 am - 10:50 am

Period 1
1 - Irish Fiddle with Liz Carroll
2 - Accordion with Billy McComiskey
3 - Irish songs & guitar with Dáithí Sproule

11:10 am  - 12:30 pm

Period 2
1 - Irish Fiddle with Liz Carroll
2 - Accordion with Billy McComiskey
3 - Irish songs & guitar with Dáithí Sproule

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch & Session - Order your lunch ahead of time or bring your own food! Bring your instruments for a session.

2:30 pm - 3:50 pm

1 - Liz Carroll - An Interview by Dáithí Sproule
2 - Tunes with Billy McComiskey - open to all Irish melody instruments

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Concert featuring Trian

Artist Biographies

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Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll is an award-winning Irish-American fiddler and composer. Born in Chicago to Irish parents, she began learning traditional tunes when she was five years old. In her teens, she competed at the Fleadh Cheoil, eventually earning prestigious title of senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, the second American to have ever completed this achievement at the time.

Liz has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle. She's featured on eleven albums and has appeared on many more. Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994), a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Art. In 2009, she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy, and in 2011, she became the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland's most significant traditional music prize.

Liz's newest album, String Sisters: Between Wind and Water (2018) features six of the world's best fiddlers and has been called an "album that’s as fascinating in its scope as it is exciting in its delivery" (FolkWords Reviews.)


Billy McComiskey

“Billy McComiskey is the finest and most influential B/C box player ever to emerge from the US. In that sense, Billy’s place within the transatlantic pantheon of Irish button accordionists is both high and secure, and Outside The Box will only strengthen that judgment.”
– Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal / Irish Echo

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Billy McComiskey grew up in a family steeped in traditional Irish heritage and music. He began playing button accordion at age six, inspired by his uncles’ playing and his mother’s love of the music. Billy won the All-Ireland Senior accordion title in 1986 and has recorded three albums with the Irish Tradition (a trio featuring Brendan Mulvihill and Andy O’Brien) and two with Trian, as well as two solo CDs for Green Linnet / Compass.

Billy also composes in the Irish traditional idiom, and has had the honor to have several tunes accepted into the living tradition, including collection into Josephine Keegan’s new collection of Irish Traditional Tunes, A Drop in the Ocean. He won the Irish Echo’s Album of the Year for his 2008 Outside the Box and was their 2011 Traditional Artist of the Year.

Billy teaches musicians all over the world, as well as in his home state, as a master through the Maryland Traditions apprenticeship program. He has been invited to share his outstanding talents at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the U.S., Ireland, and beyond. In 2016, Billy was named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.


Dáithí Sproule

Dáithí Sproule is a native of Derry who has lived for many years in Minnesota. He is one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists, and one of the first guitarists to develop DADGAD tuning for Irish music. Dáithí started out his career in the influential group, Skara Brae. He has performed and recorded with many great traditional Irish musicians, including James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Tommy Peoples, Seamus and Manus McGuire, Randal Bays, James Keane, the Kane Sisters, and Dermy and Tara Diamond, and is a longtime member of the internationally renowned Irish band Altan.

Dáithí’s original compositions have been recorded by Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, Altan, Trian, Liz Carroll, Aoife Clancy, Loreena McKennitt, the RTE Concert Orchestra, 10,000 Maniacs, and others.  His song, “The Death of Queen Jane”, was featured in the 2013 Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”. He is known for his innovative arrangements of traditional songs, and in 1995 he released his first solo album, A Heart Made of Glass, with songs in English and Irish. In 2008 he released an instrumental guitar album “The Crow in the Sun”, featuring 13 original compositions. “Lost River, Vol. 1.” followed in 2011,

In addition to performing and recording, Dáithí is a sought-after teacher at the Center for Irish Music (and all over the world) and lecturer in subjects ranging from guitar styles and song accompaniment to Irish traditional music, language, myth and literature.