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Violinist hailing from Buncrana, County Donegal, Liz has performed and recorded with groups such as Bumblebees, Fiddlesticks, and Nomos, and has released two solo albums: "Last Orders" (Foot Stompin’ Records, 1999) and "Quare Imagination" (2002, Busy Lizzy Records). Liz has performed in the show Riverdance and is an occasional member of the internationally acclaimed all-female group, String Sisters. She is known for her distinctive style and strong Scottish and Cape Breton influences.

She was a lecturer in traditional music at UCC (1994-2000) and at the University of Ulster, Derry (2007-2020), where she was named "Inspirational Teacher of the Year" in 2017 and received the title of "National Teaching Fellow" in 2019. Liz has published numerous works on the violin tradition of Cape Breton Island, Canada, the subject of her doctoral thesis (University of Limerick, 1996), and has also conducted extensive research on practice-related injuries in traditional musicians.

Today, her passion for teaching has led her to create her own method, "I Teach Trad." Her mission is to help great musicians become great teachers. Visit for more information.


In partnership with Le Nouveau Pavillon, we are organizing a special weekend dedicated to Liz Doherty. After a 20-year absence from the French music scene, Liz has graciously accepted our invitation and will be joining us for this event.


New Pavilion - 2 Rue Célestin Freinet, 44340 Bouguenais

Concert featuring Liz Doherty, accompanied by the talented guitarist Jean Damei (Fourth Moon, The Unprepared, Elir). Liz's energetic playing combined with Jean's colorful and modern guitar style promise us an evening full of vibrant music.

September 22nd - 8:30 PM


September 23nd & 24nd

New Pavilion - 2 Rue Célestin Freinet, 44340 Bouguenais

We offer two 3-hour workshops that will take place at the Nouveau Pavillon site. Liz will lead this workshop focused on Scotland/Cape Breton, where repertoire and style will be covered.

  • Saturday September 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Sunday September 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

No knowledge of traditional music is required, but proficiency in playing the instrument and the ability to learn by ear are recommended in order to fully benefit from these workshops.

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