As of November 2021, the Lilies of the Midwest have released their first 7 track EP, backed by the equally-midwestern, Ohio-based Rick Nelson on guitar. Click the button below to listen and purchase audio files at Bandcamp.
are a trio of Irish traditional musicians in the Madison, WI area. Combining the unique sounds of concertina, mandolin, and fiddle, LotM inspire audiences with their infectious energy and joy.
fiddle, voice, feet
Former step dancer Charlene delights audiences with her driving fiddle-playing, which is influenced by Grammy-nominated fiddler Liz Carroll. Charlene has toured nationwide and notably had a residency at Dollywood.
A student of ex-Solas accordionist John Williams, Kara is an exciting, up-and-coming squeezebox player. Winner of the 2019 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, she has competed in Ireland twice.
mandolin, bouzouki, accordion
Multi-instrumentalist Jeanna Schultz began her mandolin career in college and she hasn't looked back. She is currently honing her skills on accordion under the tutelage of box master David Munnelly.
When available, Ohio-based guitarist Rick Nelson joins The Lilies of the Midwest as an honorary lily. His thoughtful approach to accompaniment derives from the playing of Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and Dáithí Sproule.
Two much-loved tunes composed by Liz Kane and imported to us by Athlone native Audrey Murphy.
These are some of our favorite tunes. Watch us (literally) bring the house down!
Live from the Dane County Regional Airport in 2019, The Lilies of the Midwest perform the Scandinavian Waltz, a tune we've fallen in love with.
Reels: That's Right Too (Liz Carroll) / The Turnpike / Shakin' Down the Acorns (Old-time tune)
Slides: The Brosna / This is My Love, Do You Like Her?