The Ned welcomes renowned musician
Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:03 pm
The Ned R. McWherter West TN Cultural Arts Center will welcome back to the stage Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30.
Ivers is a nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion who has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center and Boston Pops and was an original musical star of “Riverdance.” She has performed with the Chieftans, Sting, Hall and Oates, Randy Brecker, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola and Steve Gadd. She was a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, a Grammy-awarded musician, has played in movie soundtracks, including “Gangs of New York,” and has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide. This is just a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours and affiliations. Ivers has established herself as the preeminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
It is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Ivers’ shoulders. The Washington Post states, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” Ivers has been called a “sensation” by Billboard Magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times.
“She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing,” The Irish Times says.
Ivers’ recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. Her latest CD, “Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul,” continues to display when Ivers is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally-diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, she proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. In 1999, she established a touring production to present the music that now encompasses Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul. She and her group perform with numerous symphonies and major festivals worldwide and have appeared on national and international television. This performance is made possible through a grant from the TN Arts Commission. Tickets are available at the Civic Center Box Office at $30 and $25 for students and senior adults. Call (731) 425-8587 for details.