Raised on contradances, fiddle contests, and Irish sessions, Liz and Dan Faiella bring to life the traditional Irish and New England music of their roots with Liz’s lyrical fiddle and vocals and Dan’s spirited low whistle and guitar.
This sibling folk duo has captivated audiences at premier folk venues, contradances, and festivals around New England. Liz and Dan have performed at Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, the Acadia Trad Festival, Maine Celtic Celebration, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast Irish Festival. They have received music and dance scholarships from the New England Folk Festival Association and the Country Dance and Song Society; and have shared the stage with celebrated New England folk musicians including David Surette, Randy Miller, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes.
Liz’s study of Irish fiddling, classical violin training, and love of contradancing have shaped her musical approach. In 2015, she was selected by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to conduct fieldwork on the history of contradancing in New Hampshire. Liz teaches fiddle lessons and coaches folk ensembles on the faculty of the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH, where she is chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department and organizes the Music School’s annual Fall Fiddle Festival. She has had the opportunity to learn from fiddlers Liz Carroll, Liz Knowles, and Lissa Schneckenburger, and she studied sean-nós Irish singing with Bridget Fitzgerald at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Boston. Liz has led workshops for the Strathspey and Reel Society of NH, Maine Fiddle Camp, and Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts.
Dan has performed at the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, and the New Hampshire Statehouse. He has studied with folk musician David Surette and classical guitarist David Newsam, and honed his Irish low whistle playing at Boston’s Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Boston. Dan has performed with some of the Northeast’s premier fiddlers including Dan Foster, Alden Robinson, and Winifred Horan, among many others. He has had the opportunity to learn from top-notch Irish and New England folk musicians including flute player Shannon Heaton, guitarists Owen Marshall and John Doyle, and fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger.
Their concerts feature traditional Celtic and New England music, both instrumental settings and songs. Audience members are taken on a journey through the folk traditions of the duo’s Irish heritage and New Hampshire roots, from haunting ballads, to the lyrical compositions of Turlough O’Carolan, to snappy and danceable jig and reel medleys, to mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar arrangements of slow airs.