|Name Lily Neill||Role Musical Artist|
|Albums The Habit of a Foreign Sky|
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Lily Neill is an American-born harp player who specialises in traditional Irish music and related folk music traditions. She is recognised for her solo performances as well as for her collaborations with artists in genres outside the realm of folk music.
Neill was born in Maryland, United States and started playing the harp at the age of nine, after taking several years of piano lessons. She gave her first professional public performance the following year, earning many awards at harp competitions in the USA including the U.S. National Scottish harp competition where she was undefeated. She also earned a prize at the 1998 All-Ireland competition in Ballina, County Mayo. As a teenager she performed for then-President Bill Clinton, Congressman Richard Neal and Senators Ted Kennedy and George Mitchell as well as with The Chieftains and Derek Bell at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington DC, in his final two performances there.
Neill received a first class honours degree from the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy and released her debut CD, Without Words, while still a student. The CD earned her the 2006 New Female Artist of the Year Award from LiveIreland.com and the Irish-American News. Neill also has a Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Her second album, "The Habit of a Foreign Sky" was recorded in Helsinki.
Lily Neill is based in Europe. She recorded with Finnish rock band Carmen Gray on their debut album for Sony BMG and performs in both solo and group line-ups in Europe and the United States. She is also known for her collaboration with tap dancer Cartier Williams. She performed in Brittany at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in both 2007 and 2008.