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Liz's solo cd "Making Time"
featuring Pat Broaders and guests:
Donna Long, Johnny Connolly, and Kieran O'Hare


With 11 years between the release of "The Celtic Fiddle of Liz Knowles" and this album, "Making Time", there have been a lot of tunes, a lot of tours, and a lot of experiences. This album, for me, reflects a lot of learning and a lot of changes in my style and interpretation and a continued exploration of string arrangements- which you know I love- and tunes, both new ones from old collections, some of which I have been sitting on for years.

I am joined by Pat Broaders on bouzouki. We had a ball putting this album together and recording it in his studio. 
One of the tunes I included on the album is from the MacDonald collection. This is one of the tunes I have been living with for many years, waiting for the right time- but more importantly- the right person with which to record it. Donna Long was that person. Some of my fondest musical memories of playing with Cherish the Ladies were with Donna. Her sense of phrasing and chordal sensibility are such that it is impossible not to want to play with her.

I am very pleased to be playing with Johnny Connolly on this album as well. Johnny and I met (finally) almost two years ago when we hired him for the show for which we contracted and acted as musical directors, Celtic Legends. From the first day I played with Johnny, it was like playing with an old friend.

And what album of mine would be complete without a track or two with my husband, Kieran O'Hare. I could go on and on about the influence Kieran has had on my music. He is my encyclopedia and my gauge of what is good and what is not good in my playing and in the world in general. 
I hope you enjoy listening to the album as much as I did recording it.
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Open the Door for Three
First album, self-titled Open the Door for Three
New release, The Penny Wager

The trio is Liz, Kieran O'Hare and Pat Broaders. 

They mine tune books, collections, and recordings for old and new tunes and songs. They add to those discoveries Liz's compositions, harmonies, and arrangements, Kieran O’Hare’s encyclopedic knowledge of tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and world-class singing of Dublin-born Pat Broaders. 

The trio's members are veterans and mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, Secret Garden, Anúna, Liz Carroll, and The New York Pops, as well as with artists like Don Henley, Paula Cole, Bonnie Raitt, and Josh Groban. They have performed around the world: on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, at L'Olympia and the Palais des Congrès in Paris, in Malaysian rainforest festivals, in theatres from Shanghai to São Paulo, and even a bullring in Mallorca. 

Their debut release ‘Open the Door for Three’ and their brand new second CD ‘The Penny Wager’ are the culmination of years on the road, comprised of unearthed tunes, new arrangements of great songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the signature sound of a trio of good friends playing great music together.

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  1. 1 Rakes and Frolics 04:33
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  2. 2 Owen Roe 02:35
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  3. 3 The B Set 03:18
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  4. 4 The Silver Hand 05:06
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  5. 5 Boy in the Boat 03:11
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  6. 6 Factory Smoke 02:22
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  7. 7 Byrns March 05:33
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  8. 8 Sir Ulick Burke 05:02
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  9. 9 Trotto 02:48
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  10. 10 The Fair Wind 04:53
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  11. 11 Gur Mise 03:32
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  12. 12 Tunes with Johnny 05:27
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  13. 13 Trundle's 05:02
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