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"Life on Wheels", Lily Neill

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Published on May 16, 2012

"Life on Wheels", written and performed by Lily Neill (www.lilyneill.com) in concert at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Takoma Park, Maryland, USA on April 21, 2012.

Lily Neill began her career at a very young age here in Washington. At age fifteen she performed alongside The Chieftains and the late Derek Bell at the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, returning the next year for another show with the super-group. Lily has since gone on to perform at such venues as the Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the University of Limerick Concert Hall and London's Royal National Theatre and Glór Irish Music Centre.

Lily performs and teaches around the world, performing a mixture of her original compositions and music from various folk traditions. Irish Music Magazine has praised her work as "part of the new Harp revolution extolling aspects of harp music never previously heard". Lily's foundation in Irish music, coupled with her eclectic tastes and classical piano training, has enabled her to expand the voice of the harp through her arrangements of music and in her original compositions. Her appearances, from performances in concert halls and arts centers to shows in clubs and festivals, have allowed her to bring the harp to new audiences.

Irish Music Magazine writes, "Lily Neill's musical compass remains eclectic. While she courts the old manuscripts and composers, her Sat Nav is placed firmly leftfield. That sphere includes plentiful original compositions which form the backbone of her live and recorded programme so far. One of the most challenging and provocative musicians of her time--Lily Neill's daredevil approach works wonders."

Lily has performed in cities as diverse as Dublin, Helsinki, Kazan, London, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Saint Petersburg, Vilnius and Washington, D.C. She has had the honour of performing for former U.S. President Bill Clinton and for Ireland's President Mary McAleese. Lily's repertoire is a combination of original compositions and music from folk traditions.

IMT's harp concerts are sponsored by the Washington Area Folk Harp Society.

Sound: Dave Eisner, Dave Richardson

Camera: Kathie Lillie, Ralph Lillie

Editing: Ralph Lillie

© 2012, Institute of Musical Traditions

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