The Kane Sisters

The Kane Sisters


“The sisters perform with consummate grace and soulfulnes, two musicians who know how to draw out the heat and light in a melody.” Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo


Together Liz and Yvonne Kane create a highly exciting and vibrant sound twin-fiddle sound. The sisters come from Letterfrack, a village in Connemara along the West coast of Ireland. Their grandfather, fiddle player Jimmy Mullen, was a leading figure on the traditional music scene in Connemara for over 50 years and it was his enthusiasm that encouraged the sisters to learn to play the fiddle.

Music quickly became an integral part of their everyday lives and summer holidays were spent honing their considerable skills. Liz was interested in competition, unlike Yvonne who disliked the tense atmosphere. In 1992, Liz won the Fiddler of Dooney in County Sligo and went on to win the prestigious All-Ireland senior fiddle and duet title, as well as the Fiddler of Oriel in 1995 and 1996.

Liz and Yvonne consider their style to be heavily influenced by South Sligo fiddle playing, the music of East Galway and in particular the fiddle playing and compositions of Paddy Fahey. The recordings of Michael Coleman, Hughie Gillespie, Andy McGann and Kathleen Collins have also made an impact on their music.

For three years, the sisters toured the world as members of Sharon Shannon’s Woodchoppers band, expanding their musical experience and expertise. Since their time with the Woodchoppers, they have toured extensively on their own, delighting audiences and winning fans in the US, Canada and Europe with their engaging sound. Liz and Yvonne also teach music and are much in demand for lessons and workshops.

They released their first album, “The Well Tempered Bow,” in May 2002 to great critical acclaim. Their second album, “Under the Diamond,” was launched in August 2004.


The Well Tempered Bow - 2002
Diamond Moutain Sessions - 2004

Liz and Yvonne have appeared on a number of recordings:

Live from the Katharine Cornell Theater – Traditional Irish Music - with Paddy Keenan, Tommy Peoples, teada, Liz Doherty, Niall & Cillian Vallely, Donal Clancy & more (2002) (Liz and Yvonne)

Memories from the Holla - Peter and Angelina Carberry (2001) (Liz)

The Pound Road - Dessie O'Halloran (2001) (Liz and Yvonne)

The Diamond Mountain Sessions - Sharon Shannon (2000) Recorded in the Monastery Hostel in Letterfrack, Galway along with Donal Lunny, Carlos Nunez, Steve Earle, John Prine, Mary Staunton, Jackson Browne, The Hothouse Flowers and Dessie O'Halloran (Liz and Yvonne)

The Fiddler Fair - compilation from Fiddle festival Mc Carthy's pub Baltimore, Cork (2000) (Liz and Yvonne)

Behind the Mist - compilation of musicians who have been part of the Bog and Sea Week festivals in Letterfrack over the last fifteen years. (2000) (Liz and Yvonne)

Idir Dhá Solas - Maighread and Tríona ní Dhomnaill (2000) (Liz and Yvonne)

Transcendental Blues - Steve Earle (2000) (Liz and Yvonne)

The Girls Won’t Leave the Boys Alone - Cherish the Ladies (2000) (Yvonne)

Providence - Providence (1999) (Liz)

Set List

Varies by engagement