July 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Sara
November 26th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg
Photographs by Stanley Johnson and Rudy Lu
Fab Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers has been a longtime favorite with Nippertown audiences, having played at such concert venues as the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and The Egg. So it was no surprise that a large crowd came out to see her play a free show, despite the fact that rain forced the concert to move from Central Park’s Music Haven to indoors at Proctors’ Main Stage.
While Ivers and her crack band – percussionist Tommy McDonnell, accordionist Buddy Connolly, guitarist Greg Anderson and bassist Lindsey Horner – certainly are rooted in Irish music, they also know how to hybridize with a deft touch (the Afro-Celtic mash-up “Paddy in Zululand”) and stretch out far beyond the Celtic music genre altogether, like their encore of the Allman Brothers Band’s “People Can You Feel It (Love Is In the Air).”
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December 23rd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Acclaimed Irish-American violinist Eileen Ivers and her electric blue fiddle have travelled all over the world. She was a co-founder of Cherish the Ladies. She’s toured with Mick Moloney’s band The Green Fields of America. She’s recorded with the Chieftains and Black 47. And she was a featured member of the acclaimed Irish step-dancing spectacular “Riverdance.”
A mighty impressive Irish music resume, to be sure…
But Ivers’ musical talents have also expanded well beyond the realm of Celtic music. She’s recorded with Patti Smith, Dar Williams, Paula Cole and Hall & Oates, too. And no less an authority than The New York Times has hailed her as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.”
At 7:30pm on Saturday night (November 30), Ivers and her band land in Nippertown, kicking off their annual holiday tour, “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas,” at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy. The concert captures the spirit and magic of the season with a wide array of traditional Irish songs, original tunes and such holiday favorites such as “The Holly Tree” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (in traditional jig time). Tickets are $20, $28 & $36.
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ALSO READ 2011 REVIEW:
LIVE: An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas with Eileen Ivers @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 12/18/11
December 13th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg
The stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was aglow in the warmth of the traditional red, green and yellow holiday lights. Christmas wreaths and tinsel adorned the back walls and microphone stands. The welcoming decorations set the mood for a festive holiday show where the audience could join in with Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers and her band mates in celebrating the spirit of Christmas.
For two glorious sets, the music flowed with an engaging mix of seasonal favorites: Irish, American and European traditional Christmas songs ran the gamut from Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” to “Deck The Halls,” complete with a joyous audience sing-a-long.
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December 18th, 2009, 1:05 pm by Sara
“Lately, just classic rock. That gets me going. Usually if I’m around the house, I’ll throw on the jazz station or a new favorite CD, like [Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile’s] ‘The Goat Rodeo Sessions,’ but if it’s a grinding kind of serious cleaning day, I’ll go classic rock.”
Fiddler Eileen Ivers rosins up her bow for a holiday concert, “An Nollaig: Irish Christmas,” at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy at 3pm on Sunday. Joining Ivers and her band will be local performers from the Tri-City Christmas Ensemble and the Boland School of Irish Dance. Tix are $27, $32 & $38; students $15.
“As I started out playing the Irish fiddle, I was really just getting Irish stuff – Irish fiddle music by bands like the Bothy Band and Planxty, who were around in the ’70s. That was the kind of stuff.
“Then for my own kind of relaxing listening – well, it’s kind of geeky, I know, but I know I was into Boston and those kinds of groups. That would have been my little collection on the side, so to speak.”
Fab Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers – hailed by The New York Times as “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” – heads up her holiday concert tour titled “An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. at 8pm Saturday (December 19).