Fiddler Eileen Ivers to Bring Immigrant Soul to North American Stages in 2011

Eileen Ivers
Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul will be performing in the United States February-April 2011. Her repertoire connects the Celtic dots from Galicia (Spain) to the Canadian Maritimes, from 17th-century songs to high-energy originals.

The young Ivers never expected to become a professional musician with numerous All-Ireland Fiddle Championships and Grammy-awarded projects under her belt-she’s a mathematician by education. Yet her unintentional career has taken her from co-founding Cherish the Ladies and touring with The Chieftains, to guest starring with acclaimed symphonies, collaborating with celebrated jazz and pop artists and her most recent televised performances with Sting.

Ivers’ expertise and artistic diversity led her to forge a new, front-and-center role for the fiddle in Celtic performance, in particular, in creating the musical star role of Riverdance.

Her own work has led her to dig deep into Irish and Celtic sounds, tracing connections between continents and scattered Celtic communities, sharing how these connections reverberate in American roots music, delving into jazz sensibilities and Grappelli-esque improvisations, and incorporating her trademark effects with her eye-catching (and ear-catching) electric violin.

Her fellow members of Immigrant Soul enrich Ivers’ open-minded, open-bordered innovation and share her passion for performance. Lead singer, percussionist, and former Blues Brother Tommy McDonnell is equally at home with the congas and the bodhrán (Irish frame drum), while bassist Leo Traversa, when not teaching at New York’s Columbia University, can be found backing Afro-Cuban and Brazilian masters.
Acoustic guitarist Greg Anderson has worked with folk legend Pete Seeger, as well as classical icon Itzhak Perlman. All-Ireland accordion champ Buddy Connolly has worked with American roots music greats Tim O’Brien and Kathy Mattea.

The music is always the star, but we’re performing artists,” says Ivers. “It’s a balance we’ve learned to strike. It’s a privilege to be up there on stage, and we love it.”

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Eileen Ivers 2011 Tour Details

02/13/2011, Sun
Orangeburg, NY
Dominican College – Hennessy Center
470 Western Highway
Tickets: $25-35
Show: 5:00 pm
Ph: 845.848.7406

02/19/2011, Sat
Winston-Salem, NC
Reynolds Auditorium
301 N. Hawthorne Road
Tickets: $15-55
Show: 7:30 pm
Ph: 336.725.1035
* With the Winston-Salem Symphony

02/26/2011, Sat
Hyannis, MA
Barnstable Performing Arts Center
744 West Main Street
Tickets: $28-63
Show: 8:00 pm
Ph: 508.362.1111

03/05/2011, Sat
St. Joesph, MN
College of St. Benedict-Escher Auditorium
37 South College Avenue
Tickets: $10-$28
Show: 7:30 pm
Ph: 320.363.5777
* Beyond the Bog Road

03/10/2011, Thu
Louisville, KY
Kentucky Center-Bomhard Theater
501 W Main St
Tickets: $25-$30
Show: 8:00 pm
Ph: 800.775.7777

03/13/2011, Sun
Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University-Miller Auditorium
1903 W Michigan Ave
Tickets: $15-$40
Show: 3:00 pm
Ph: 800.228.9858
* Beyond the Bog Road

03/17/2011, Thu
Omaha, NE
Holland Performing Arts Center, 1605 Howard St
Tickets: $20-$65
Show: 8:00 pm
Ph: 402.342.3560
* With the Omaha Symphony

03/20/2011, Sun
Decatur, IL
Millikin University-Kirkland Fine Arts Center
1184 West Main Street
Tickets: $6-$24
Show: 4:00 pm
Ph: 217.424.6318

04/16/2011, Sat
Tacoma, WA
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
901 Broadway
Tickets: $26-$49
Show: 7:30 pm
Ph: 253.591.5890

04/17/2011, Sun
Missoula, MT
University of Montana-University Theatre
32 Campus Drive
Ph: 406.243.4051

04/19/2011, Tue
Billings, MT
Albera Bair Theater
2801 3rd Avenue North
Tickets: $30/$16
Show: 7:30 pm
Ph: 406.256.6052

04/29/2011, Fri
Pawling, NY
Trinity Pawling School-McGraw Pavilion
700 New York 22
Tickets: $35
Show: 8:00 pm
Ph: 845.855.3100

05/14/2011, Sat
Bethel, NY
The Bethel Performing Arts Center
200 Hurd Rd.
Tickets: $52 adv/$57 door
Doors Open: 7:00 pm, Show: 8:00 pm
Ph: 866.781.2922

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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