Dynamic Duo: “Lilt” Tina Eck and Keith Carr

Dynamic Duo: “Lilt” Tina Eck and Keith Carr

June 13, 2019 8:00 pm

Thursday June 13, 2019
“Lilt” at B Chord Brewing
$5 Cover. Doors 7pm Music 8pm

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, banjo and mandolin — 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 song. Lilt loves and tries to capture the essentials of Irish traditional music: boundless energy, wildness and melancholy.

Tina and Keith have been performing together steadily since 2009.  They have released three CDs; “Lilt – Irish Traditional Music“, their first (2010) became a surprise hit in their local Irish scene. Their second, “Onward”, came out in 2011, and “Little Falls”, their latest, was released in 2013.  Their recordings have been critically acclaimed in the US and in the international Irish music press.

Lilt has appeared in concert throughout the eastern US, with performances at such notable venues as The Embassy of Ireland, The Kennedy Center, The Birchmere, The Institute of Musical Traditions, as well as numerous music festivals.

From the press:  Lilt is “…fresh, exhilarating, and wonderfully,
blissfully alive” (IrishPhiladelphia.com).

“A sound that is often moody, sometimes delicate, and – perhaps when you least expect it – will seize you by the shoulders with a quiet yet prodigious intensity” (Boston Irish Reporter).

Lilt’s website is www.liltirishmusic.com

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 has learned technique and repertoire from 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 she also gives private flute and whistle lessons.  In 2011 Tina was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Grant for Solo World Music Performance. Tina also holds a 2013 TTCT Teaching Diploma by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (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.

Keith Carr plays the ten-string Irish bouzouki (aka “cittern”), the tenor banjo, the mandolin, and he sings. He is originally from New York, and moved to Washington DC thirty-some years ago after completing graduate school in Oregon.  He recently retired from his career as a prominent conservation scientist, and is now fully engaged in what he loves to do the most: performing and teaching traditional music. His musical background includes extensive classical training in trumpet and piano, plus many years as a performing guitarist. He found his way into Irish music via his interest in solo fingerstyle guitar, for which much of the repertoire consists of traditional Irish tunes.  Keith is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music, he teaches at various Irish music camps and workshops, and he gives private lessons. He also performs with various other notable Irish and acoustic musicians in the Washington area, and plays frequently at contradances, ceilis, concerts, festivals, and other events.  He lives in Falls Church, VA.