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Tina Eck - Michael G. Stewart photograph

Tina Eck


plays the Irish wooden flute and tinwhistle.  Originally from Germany and now working as a Washington-based radio news correspondent, she discovered her passion for Irish traditional music in a local pub in Washington DC in the 1990’s. She has since performed at countless sessions, festivals, dances and concerts, including such notable venues as the Irish Embassy and the Kennedy Center. She has traveled to Ireland frequently and has learned technique and repertoire from some of the best traditional flute players. She is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music program at Glen Echo Park, and she also gives private flute and whistle lessons.  In 2011 Tina was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Grant for Solo World Music Performance. Tina also holds a 2013 TTCT Teaching Diploma by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Dublin), identifying her as one of the premier teachers of Irish traditional music. Tina also performs with the bands Rambling House, the Flaming Shillelaghs, the Irish Inn Mates, and Cuil Mor.  She lives in Cabin John, MD.


LILT Keith Carr-Tina Eck photo copyright

Keith Carr

plays the ten-string Irish bouzouki (aka “cittern”), the tenor banjo, the mandolin, and he sings. He is originally from New York and moved to Washington DC to develop a career as a prominent ecologist working with international nature conservation groups. He recently retired and is now fully engaged in what he loves to do the most: performing and teaching traditional music. Having had the benefit of parents who were distinguished music educators, his musical background includes extensive classical training in trumpet and piano, plus many years as a performing guitarist. He found his way into Irish music via his interest in solo fingerstyle guitar, for which much of the repertoire consists of traditional Irish tunes. Keith is on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music, he teaches at various Irish music camps and workshops, and he gives private lessons. He also performs with various other notable Irish and acoustic musicians in the Washington area and elsewhere. He lives in Falls Church, VA.

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