The Lilies of the Midwest (formerly the Daring Fair Maidens) are a trio of Irish traditional musicians in the Madison, WI area. Combining the unique sounds of concertina, mandolin, and fiddle, LotM hopes to inspire audiences with their infectious energy and joy.
Two 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!
fiddle, voice, feet
As a former step dancer and lifelong musician, Charlene delights audiences with her driving fiddle-playing and terrible puns from the stage.
A student of original Solas accordionist John Williams, Kara Rogers is an exciting, up-and-coming squeezebox player in her own right. Winner of the 2019 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, she has competed in Ireland twice.
Multi-instrumentalist Jeanna Schultz began her mandolin career in college and she hasn't looked back. Her strong rhythmic presence rounds out this dynamic trio.
When available, Ohio-based guitarist Rick Nelson joins LotM as an honorary lily. His thoughtful approach to accompaniment derives from the playing of Micheal O Domhnaill and Daithi Sproule.
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?