Keith Carr plays Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, and mandolin. He is most well known for performing as half of the Irish traditional duo “Lilt” (www.liltirishmusic.com), in which his partner is flautist Tina Eck. Over the past decade Lilt has recorded three CD’s and has been favorably reviewed by The Boston Irish Reporter, Irish Music Magazine, IrishPhiladelphia, the NY Irish Echo, and more. In addition to his work with Lilt, Keith also often performs frequently with other prominent traditional musicians in the DC/Baltimore area.
Growing up in a family of prominent music educators in New York equipped Keith with extensive classical training in several instruments. His musical background also includes many years as a performing jazz/rock/fingerstyle guitarist. He landed in Washington DC thirty-some years ago to pursue a career as an ecologist, doing groundbreaking work in biodiversity conservation with several international organizations. He recently retired and is now able to devote his time to what he loves most: performing and teaching Irish traditional music.
Keith is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music; he also teaches at various Irish music camps and workshops, and he gives private lessons. For the past several seasons he has been the Managing Director of the “MAD Week” Irish music summer camp (www.cceMadWeek.org) in Maryland. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.